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Leadership Principles for Engineers, Scientists, and Researchers

A four-course online program from MIT that empowers you with the leadership acumen needed to solve problems, innovate, and drive change.


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MIT's approach to technology leadership

With technology accelerating at an unprecedented pace, technical professionals are often best poised to turn challenges into opportunities within their organizations.  In order to drive this change, a set of essential skills will be needed.  

This 4-course online program gives you access to MIT’s proven approach to leadership. At the end of the program, you will have the framework and processes to:

  • Develop a richer understanding of leadership and change management, using the three lenses of strategy, culture, and politics

  • Discern big problems, spot opportunities, and enable teams to collectively solve them through MIT’s problem-lead leadership approach

  • Apply a toolkit of techniques to start or advance your own leadership journey

Start Date

September 28, 2020


4 courses


3-4 weeks per course



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professionals sitting around a drafting table with blueprints

Understanding Organizational Strategy and Capabilities

Course 1 of 4 in the Leadership Program

data scientists in front of a server with a laptop

Negotiating and Applying Influence and Power

Course 2 of 4 in the Leadership Program

two workers looking at a piece of machinery

Leading Change in Organizations

Course 3 of 4 in the Leadership Program

two engineers in hardhats shaking hands

Discovering and Implementing Your Leadership Strengths

Course 4 of 4 in the Leadership Program


What Learners Are Saying

Professionals from companies like Boeing, Boston Scientific, and the U.S. Air Force have completed this program


Emily R. Wright, Versatile Technologist, Boeing

"This is an awesome program for emerging leaders and for those currently in leadership positions. The knowledge, tools, and techniques are very useful to companies worldwide. I would highly recommend this program to all levels of employees."


Cody Jacobucci, Airframe Stress Analyst, Aurora Flight Sciences

“The simulations were a blast for me. I never have had the chance to be in a real formal negotiation and I suspect these will be the only formal negotiations I do for a while.”


Liisa Charie Bruchal, Associate Technical Fellow, The Boeing Company

"The entire program was excellent! I learned so much about leadership, including context, practical applications, and understanding my strengths, but creating my own personal leadership vision was impactful for me since it encompasses not only my professional life but also personal and how I want to contribute to society."

Sue Anne Martinez

Sue Anne Martinez, Global Quality Assurance Engineer, The Boeing Company

"The simulations are fun. It lets you apply the content and learn which approach works best for each situation. You will find that your methodology changes based on the person you are negotiating with."


Xi Chen, Sr. R&D Engineer, Boston Scientific

"I like the cases. They really help me better understand the concepts. The content is highly related to my daily work and provides a new perspective of relationship inside my organization."


Edward Alliston, Lead Technical Engineer, Boeing Defense UK

"I have really enjoyed how the role-play aspects of this course gave me an opportunity to try some of the things we have learned. I have been lucky to have a great group of people in my team that has made the negotiations fun and interesting."


Drew L. Satterlee, Supply Chain Analyst, Boeing Defence, Space & Security

"A course that really challenges your personal assumptions and helps you to envision yourself as a leader now and into the future."


Kianna Elahi-Gedwillo, Senior Engineer, Boston Scientific

"I really enjoyed the course and learned a LOT. I am looking forward to implementing these ideas into my future work and expect it to contribute to a much more positive work environment for all!"


Debbie Brey, Enterprise Agile Transformation Leader, The Boeing Company

“I kind of dreaded this topic as I have never liked any formal contract negotiations that I have played a part in. However, as I learned more about this class, I realized how much of my job includes negotiating with people. I found the content very relevant and have 2 opportunities in the next week to utilize these skills.”


We bring together an innovative pedagogy paired with world-class faculty.

Who Should Enroll


Early and mid-career engineering, science, and research professionals

Managers and individual contributors in technical organizations who are eager to add more value to their teams and organizations

Busy, ambitious technical professionals looking to advance their leadership and technical capacities while on the job


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Edward F. Crawley

Ford Professor of Engineering, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT


David Niño

Senior Lecturer, Gordon Engineering Leadership Program, MIT


Nelson Repenning

Professor of System Dynamics, Sloan School of Management, MIT


Lawrence Susskind

Ford Professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Planning, MIT


John Van Maanen

Professor of Organization Studies, MIT

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Propel Your Career On Your Terms

Technology is accelerating at an unprecedented pace causing disruption across all levels of business. Tomorrow’s leaders must demonstrate technical expertise as well as leadership acumen in order to maintain a technical edge over the competition while driving innovation in an ever-changing environment.

MIT uniquely understands this challenge and how to solve it with decades of experience developing technical professionals. MIT xPRO’s online learning programs leverage vetted content from world-renowned experts to make learning accessible anytime, anywhere. Designed using cutting-edge research in the neuroscience of learning, MIT xPRO programs are application focused, helping professionals build their skills on the job.

Embrace change. Enhance your skill set. Keep learning. MIT xPRO is with you each step of the way.

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