Grad IAP Workshops 2018

New IAP Series on “Developing Leadership in Yourself and Others”

Instructor: David Niño

Are you interested in developing skills that can amplify your professional impact? If so, join us for this workshop series designed for MIT graduate students 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 Graduate Student Council. Students are welcome to attend some or all of these workshops. Those who attend the entire series will receive a special Linkedin endorsement from the Gordon-MIT Engineering Program.

Limited to 35 participants

To Register: Email Lisa Stagnone (


Leading New Teams

January 18 (Thursday), 12:30-4:30 p.m., Room 4-149

How do you turn a smart group of people into a committed, focused, and effective team? This is not an easy feat and “real teams” rarely evolve naturally. The goal of this workshop is to equip students with a proven framework for designing and leading new teams in engineering and technology environments.

Attendees completing the workshop will be able to

  • Compose and launch new project teams.
  • Manage decision making processes to avoid hidden biases.
  • Formulate a compelling and inspiring team vision.

Motivating and Developing Others

January 23 (Tuesday), 12:30-4:30 p.m., Room 3-442

At the heart of leadership lies the ability to engage and energize people in ways that don’t rely purely on authority. One recent study suggested that only about ten percent of managers today are skilled in motivating others. The goal of this workshop is to introduce practical methods for creating motivating environments that engage and develop people to deliver their best work.

Attendees completing the workshop will be able to

  • Design team environments that foster intrinsic forms of motivation.
  • Personalize your leadership style to attend to people as individuals.
  • Develop others through feedback and coaching.

Mastering Constructive Conflict

January 25 (Thursday), 12:30-4:30 p.m., Room 4-149

When encouraged and managed in an open and safe environment, conflict can serve an essential role in building capacity for valued outcomes such as creativity, innovation, and group learning. The goal of this workshop is to review and practice methods for leveraging conflict in ways that can lead to high quality group outcomes, including trusting relationships.

Attendees completing the workshop will be able to

  • Assess your own personal preferences for managing conflict.
  • Become a better problem solver in groups.
  • Increase your ability to deliver critical feedback in ways that enhance group learning and performance outcomes.

Discovering and Developing Your Leadership Strengths

January 30 (Tuesday), 12:30-4:30 p.m., Room 4-149

One of the premises of this series is that anyone who wants to “make a difference” in their careers can learn to develop leadership capabilities. The goal of this final session is learn how to discover your unique leadership strengths and invent career paths for putting them to work. We will be joined by John Strackhouse, who is one of the nation’s top executive search professionals for tech luminaries such as Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg.

Attendees completing the workshop will be able to

  • Discover distinctive leadership strengths grounded in your personality, values, and life story.
  • Identify the kinds of work environments that can bring out your best work.
  • Explore strategies for securing jobs that align with your strengths and life aspirations.