MIT: Independent Activities Period: IAP

IAP 2017

Developing Leadership in Yourself and Others

David Nino, Senior Lecturer, GEL-MIT Engineering Leadership Program

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Limited to 60 participants
Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions
Prereq: Graduate Status

Are you interested in developing professional skills that can amplify your impact in today’s high technology environments? If so, then consider investing in your future by completing the new Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Graduate Program IAP series on leadership development.

Join us for this inaugural series of workshops designed specifically for MIT graduate students who are interested in making a positive difference in their chosen fields. Grounded in leadership research but experiential and engaging in delivery, these workshops will build practical skills that apply to engineering and technology environments.  

This series is offered through the Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program in collaboration with the Office of the Dean of Graduate Education and the Graduate Student Council.

Students are welcome to attend some or all of these workshops. Those who attend the entire series will receive a certificate of completion from the Gordon-MIT Engineering Program.

Additional cosponsor: Graduate Women at MIT.


Sponsor(s): Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Contact: Amy Shea-Slattery,

Leading New Teams

Jan/19 Thu 12:30PM-04:30PM 32-124

Turn a smart group of people into a committed and effective team!  This isn't easy and it won't happen naturally. Equips students with a proven framework for designing and leading new teams in engineering and technology environments.

 Attendees completing the workshop will be able to

Motivating and Developing Others

Jan/24 Tue 12:30PM-04:30PM 32-124

The heart of leadership is the ability to inspire people without relying on authority.  Only one in ten practicing managers are skilled in motivating others.  Learn how to engage and develop people to deliver their best work.

You'll be able to

Mastering Constructive Conflict

Jan/26 Thu 12:30PM-04:30PM 32-124

In a safe group environment, conflict can engender innovation, trust, and learning. This workshop will focus on encouraging constructive conflict.

Attendees will learn to
 Leverage conflict to improve problem solving processes.
 Increase your confidence in having difficult conversations.
 Assess your own preferences for managing conflict.

Discover/Develop Leadership Strengths

Feb/02 Thu 12:30PM-04:30PM 32-124

These workshops assume that anyone can learn to lead. This final session focuses on mapping a pathway to leadership for the good others and oneself.

Attendees will learn to
 Discover strengths grounded in your personality, values, and life story.
 Identify when to develop new capabilities and let go of old ones.
 Invent a future that aligns with your talents and life aspirations.