The 12-month Leader to Leader program includes presentations
by special guest
skill-building workshops, multi-rater assessments, executive coaching and hands-on projects.
L2L runs every other calendar year.
Leader to Leader activities are primarily structured around two-day sessions,
spaced five to six weeks apart, for the duration of the program year.
This schedule allows focused development time for participants without
extended time away from daily routines.
Most program sessions are held from 8:30 AM
to 4:30 PM at various MIT locations (e.g., Lincoln Laboratory,
Stata Center, Sydney-Pacific Graduate Dormitory and Technology
Enabled Active Learning (TEAL) Classroom). See
the tentative 2012 Program Overview.
A model of distributed leadership, developed by Sloan faculty, is
a core component of the Leader to Leader program. Sloan faculty visit
program workshops to share key leadership concepts.
A commitment and openness to coaching is a critical aspect of the L2L experience. At the beginning of the program, L2L Fellows participate in a 360
assessment, a confidential process that gathers feedback about each
participant's leadership competencies from peers, managers, direct reports,
This information is combined with self-assessment
and coaching from experienced executive coaches to create an individual leadership
development plan. Each plan is continually evaluated
and adjusted during the course of the program. Each Fellow meets
with his/her coach once between each workshop session to discuss progress on goals, obstacles that may be hindering progress, and ways to apply leadership concepts to his/her work at MIT. This personalized, iterative approach
allows each Fellow to tailor the program to target specific areas for
Learn more about the 360:
Between sessions, L2L Fellows work in teams of four to six on projects
that support strategic Institute goals. These projects give L2L Fellows
the opportunity to focus on leadership competencies within the context
of real MIT projects. The projects are sponsored by L2L alums and others who
can reinforce key leadership lessons. In addition, an L2L alum serves as a process
coach for each project team. This coach meets regularly with his/her
team to help the Fellows apply key concepts of L2L to their project.
In addition to working on projects, L2L Fellows use a part of each workshop
to reflect on what they have applied in their own work settings since
the last session, what worked and what they would do differently.
L2L Fellows are most successful at applying what they learn in L2L to their work when their managers are actively engaged in their leadership development. To this end, managers of L2L Fellows are expected to:
If a Fellow's manager is unable to fulfill these expectations, the Fellow can choose a "designate" to do so in the manager's place. If an applicant and his/her manager prefer to choose a "designate", the applicant should contact Margaret Ann Gray at email@example.com or David Hosmer at firstname.lastname@example.org for guidance in identifying somone who can successfully play this role.
- Give input in their Fellow's 360 assessment
- Participate in a lunchtime Manager's Orientation
- Meet with their Fellow and his/her executive coach at least once during L2L
- Provide input into short, work-based assignments throughout the year