SBL Hosts Leadership Roundtables
Each year in May, Regent University's School of Business &
Leadership (SBL) hosts the Roundtables of Leadership Research &
Practice. The annual event presents students with the invaluable
opportunity to present their research on leadership to practitioners and
scholars from around the world.
This year's roundtables explored key areas in leadership such
as Biblical perspectives of coaching and consulting, leading
transformative innovation and servant leadership. Regent alumnus and
speaker, Commander Kenneth Rice, USN, '09 (SBL), offered his own
insights about global and servant leadership to the roundtable attendees
at The Founders Inn and Spa.
"I tell my sailors that if you ask these questions in the morning and
live your day working to answer them, then you are practicing servant
leadership," said Rice. "Did I care enough, did I laugh enough, and did I
make a difference?"
As the executive officer aboard the USS Jason Dunham, Rice asks
himself those same questions every morning. Rice explained that he
frequently implements the servant leadership practices he learned while
pursuing his Doctorate of Strategic Leadership at Regent.
"Sometimes [being a leader] is about being a mentor, sometimes it's
about being a confidant, and sometimes it's like being a big brother or
guidance counselor," said Rice. "My role as a leader is about helping
others do what they need to do in order for them to get through a
regular work day."
Out of the 300 sailors aboard the USS Jason Dunham, the majority
of Rice's crew is under the age of 25. Rice is responsible for the
supervision of, at times, 18 and 19 year-olds who are charged with the
task of offloading $2 million missiles off of the ship. Rice explained
that the most important part of his job is giving his sailors the
freedom to focus on the work ahead of them, rather than what may be
unfolding within their personal lives.
"My real job is about removing barriers," said Rice. "If I can remove
[the sailors'] barriers, then they can do what they need to do without
Rice also explained that staying in touch with the members of his cohort
reminds him of the lessons he learned while pursuing his degree. Rice
said he frequently "reaches back" to his classmates and mentors from SBL
for support in his leadership tactics.
"I love coming back to Regent," said Rice. "I come back, not only to
pass along my thoughts, but to stay on top of my leadership skills in a
world that's constantly changing."
Learn more about the School of Business & Leadership.
Mindy Hughes, Public Relations
Phone: 757.352.4095 Fax: 757.352.4888