Register Now
Lead Instructor(s)
Jul 27 - 31, 2020
Registration Deadline
On Campus
Course Length
5 Days
Course Fee
Sign-up for Course Updates

This course may be taken individually or as part of the Professional Certificate Program in Innovation & Technology OR THE PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE PROGRAM IN BIOTECHNOLOGY & LIFE SCIENCES.

If the future of your organization depends on effective leadership for new products, engaged employees, and growth, you should take this course. Gain the leadership skills to accelerate your effectiveness and impact. Offered by the premier Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program, this five-day course is designed to equip you with the skills and perspectives needed to lead yourself and others in today’s engineering and technology environments. You will improve your leadership skills by learning from the latest breakthroughs in the practice of leadership within a program that draws on a variety of teaching methods, especially hands-on learning. Like the practice of leadership itself, this program will be high-contact, high-energy, and consequential.

The transition to becoming an engineering leader is one of the most promising, yet challenging experiences that engineering professionals can face. The promise comes from becoming a new kind of professional; one who can mobilize sometimes-conflicting individuals around a shared vision, solve problems through “real” teamwork, and motivate people to deliver their best results. The challenge comes from learning to work in an entirely new way; from relying solely on oneself to deliver individual results to leading others to deliver collective results. Herein lies the nature of the delicate relationship between leadership and followership.

Participant Takeaways

  • Enhance your understanding of the nature of leadership and followership
  • Build a foundation of team-building skills
  • Develop and deliver an inspiring and shared vision
  • Discover new ways to lead and motivate others in technical environments
  • Gain support for your ideas in environments characterized by conflicting stakeholder needs
  • Learn to manage conflicts through negotiations and constructive dialogues

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for engineering, science, and technology professionals with less than 15 years of experience who are leading others for the first time, or aspiring to do so. Those who attend usually include: engineers, research scientists, managers, project or product managers, directors, crew chiefs, members of technical staffs, and technical leads.


Laptops/devices with word processing capability are recommended. Advance materials may be sent by email or posted to the MIT Stellar system; please expect an email from the course directors with information about how to access these materials.

Program Outline

Class runs 8:30 am - 5:15 pm on Monday, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm Tuesday through Thursday, and 8:30 am - 1:00 pm on Friday.

There is a networking dinner on Monday from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.    

Day One — Fundamentals of Leadership for Engineering Professionals

8:30 AM – 9:45 AM: Introduction to program instructors, participants, and learning goals. (Niño and Rahaman)

9:45 AM – 10:00 AM: Break

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Fundamentals of engineering leadership: Overview of perspectives on management and leadership and implications for early career professionals. (Niño)

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Lunch

12:30 PM – 3:30 PM: Creating a team vision: Review and practice methods for creating a shared team vision. Review "Communicating a Vision" assignment. (Niño)

3:30 PM – 3:45 PM: Break

3:45 PM – 4:15 PM: Introduce group project: Discuss how program participants will form groups to address topics of special interest.

4:15 PM – 5:15 PM: Learning from reflection: Participants review, assess, and document day's key learning. (Niño)

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM: Special Networking Event (light buffet will be provided)

Day Two – Stakeholder Leadership in a Global Environment

8:30 AM – 9:45 AM: Achieving collective support in multi-stakeholder environments: Discerning and prioritizing diverse stakeholder needs; Reconciling differences and presenting a unifying vision; Achieving buy-in and support for complex projects and programs. (Magarian)

9:45 AM – 10:00 AM: Break

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Achieving collective support in multi-stakeholder environments. (Magarian, cont.)

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Lunch

12:30 PM – 2:30 PM: Leading in a multicultural environment.

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM: Break

2:45 PM – 3:15 PM: Reflection: Participants review, assess, and document day's key learning.

3:15 PM – 6:30 PM: Form special interest groups and begin working on group projects.

Day Three — Building Teams and Positive Relationships

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Creating a motivating environment: Building team drive to act in support of mission, goals, and technical execution. (Martinez)

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM: Break

10:15 AM – 11:30 PM: Feedback and constructive conflict: Explore how to build a culture where communicating feedback can enable excellence and personal growth. (Niño)

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Lunch and guest speaker

1:00 PM – 2:45 PM: Building teams: Discuss strategies for building strong relationships within teams. (Feiler)

2:45 PM – 3:00 PM: Break

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM: Reflection: Participants review, assess, and document day's key learning.

3:30 PM – 6:30 PM: Groups work on projects and final presentations.

Day Four — Leading Oneself and Managing Conflict

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Making an Impact: How to be effective as an engineering leader. (Rahaman)

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM: Break

10:15 AM – 12:00 PM: Managing conflict and negotiations: Evaluating your personal conflict management styles and practice negotiation skills. (Niño)

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Lunch

1:00 PM – 2:45 PM: Leadership Alignment - Values, Vision and Mission

2:45 PM – 3:00 PM: Break

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM: Reflection: Participants review, assess, and document day's key learning.

3:30 PM – 6:30 PM: Groups work on projects and final presentations.

Day Five — Final Presentations

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Special topics presentations: Groups will deliver their final presentations on engineering leadership topics of special interest.

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM: Break

10:15 AM – 12:00 PM: Special topics presentations (cont.)

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Course reflection: Participants reflect on week's activities, assess program, and receive program certificates.


Other Instructors

Links & Resources


"The class was very nicely structured, with more practical advice than theory. I came out of it with concepts that I could apply immediately in my workplace. I also liked the format - the lecturing was kept to a minimum, and concepts were reinforced using hands-on exercises. This was a focused course that outlined practical concepts. The course itself taught useful methods, and it also provided a basis for future learning. As such, I would recommend this class for any young engineer."
"The course content was formalized in a way that was very clear, made a lot of sense, and had examples as to how to put these theories into practice. I learned highly valuable tools to make me a more effective leader at my job."
"The course was very well designed and executed. It gave me both practical skills and insightful perspectives. The course was very engaging beginning to end. I have already started recommending this class to my colleagues."
"It provides real-life experiences such as how to manage and act as a manager. In addition, exercises given through the course provide an understanding of how the course tools are being used and at the same time, reflect on some of the different methods that the different teams employed. Lastly, the sharing of different organizational ways of leadership was also very interesting and enlightening."

The type of content you will learn in this course, whether it's a foundational understanding of the subject, the hottest trends and developments in the field, or suggested practical applications for industry.

Fundamentals: Core concepts, understandings, and tools - 20%|Latest Developments: Recent advances and future trends - 20%|Industry Applications: Linking theory and real-world - 60%
Delivery Methods

How the course is taught, from traditional classroom lectures and riveting discussions to group projects to engaging and interactive simulations and exercises with your peers.

Lecture: Delivery of material in a lecture format - 20%|Discussion or Groupwork: Participatory learning - 40%|Labs: Demonstrations, experiments, simulations - 40%

What level of expertise and familiarity the material in this course assumes you have. The greater the amount of introductory material taught in the course, the less you will need to be familiar with when you attend.

Introductory: Appropriate for a general audience - 50%|Specialized: Assumes experience in practice area or field - 40%|Advanced: In-depth explorations at the graduate level - 10%