New Grad IAP Workshops

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

Instructor: David Niño

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 our new 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.  

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.

Limited to 60 participants

Advanced registration is required and contact to enroll. Enrollment is limited.

This series is sponsored by the Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program in collaboration with the Office of the Dean of Graduate Education, Graduate Women at MIT, and the Graduate Student Council.



Workshop 1: Leading New Teams

Tuesday, January 19, 12:30-4:30pm, 32-124

How do you turn a smart group of people into a committed, focused, and effective team? As evidence suggests, this is not an easy feat and it probably won’t happen 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 “real” teams.
  • Manage decision making processes to avoid hidden biases.
  • Formulate a compelling and inspiring team vision.

Workshop 2: Motivating and Developing Others

Thursday, January 24, 12:30-4:30pm

At the heart of leadership lies the ability to engage and energize people in ways that don’t rely purely on authority (i.e., telling people what to do). One recent study suggested that only one in ten practicing 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.

Workshop 3: Mastering Constructive Conflict

Tuesday, January 26, 12:30-4:30pm, 32-124

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

  • Make better decisions in groups by applying principles of constructive conflict.
  • Increase your ability to engage in difficult conversations on “hard to discuss” and emotional topics.
  • Assess your own personal preferences for conflict management.

Workshop 4: Discovering and Developing Your Leadership Strengths

Thursday, February 2, 12:30-4:30pm, 32-124

One of the premises of this entire series is that anyone who is motivated to “make a difference” in their chosen careers can learn to develop leadership capabilities. Emerging research in leadership development has revealed important insights into how adults can learn – and unlearn – the behaviors we associate with effective leadership. The goal of this final session is learn how to discover your unique leadership strengths and invent new pathways for putting these talents to work for the good others and oneself.

Attendees completing the workshop will be able to

  • Discover distinctive leadership strengths grounded in your personality, values, and life story.
  • Identify situations that require the acquisition of new capabilities and the “letting go” of useless ones.
  • Invent new possibilities for your future by creating pathways that align with your strengths and life aspirations.