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The Intersection of Leadership & Innovation

Start dates:
8 weeks ONLINE
4 hours per week
Individual registration
2 - 5 registrations
6 - 10 registrations

Do your leaders nurture innovation?

In The Intersection of Leadership & Innovation, MIT’s Dr. David Niño helps participants harness the kinetic energy of leadership, empowering them to lead with self-awareness and creativity—the essential building blocks for innovative teams, cultures and organizations.

Bringing MIT’s motto – mens et manus, or mind and hand – to life, participants explore leadership theory by analyzing and leveraging their leadership strengths in order to build high-performing teams easily capable of keeping pace in today’s competitive, global markets.

The result? Highly self-aware leaders with the skills and knowledge required to inspire and nurture creativity and innovation that improves performance and competitive positioning.

Who should apply?

Participants will span a wide-range of leadership roles including new, emerging, mid-level and senior executive leaders from across nearly every vertical market. Individuals registering for this course are interested in strengthening their leadership skills and learning how an innovative culture and leadership style can improve their success – and the success of their teams and organization.

At MIT Mens et Manus means blurring the boundaries of the theoretical and the practical - knowing not only the concept behind something, but also how to apply it and create value to industry and the world.
“I recently enrolled in an MIT course, The Intersection of Leadership and Innovation, to learn more about myself and what it takes to be a great leader in today’s digital economy.
[Through this course] I have met some amazing individuals from around the world and worked with some fantastic folks from MIT. I highly recommend this course to anyone who is interested in becoming a great leader or continuing to practice great leadership.”

Dwayne Emerson
Chief Technology Officer & Head of Engineering, BT Americas

Participant benefits

  • Understand how leadership enables innovation by building strategies, structures and cultures that support creativity
  • Recognize the links between creativity – a new or useful idea – and innovation, the execution and adoption of creative ideas
  • Reframe the importance of identifying and defining problems to spur creativity and enable innovation
  • Increase self-awareness of personal leadership style and its effects on group creativity and innovation that delivers results
  • Strengthen leadership skills to create sustainable, innovative teams and cultures
  • Increase effectiveness in building and leading high-performing teams
  • Articulate visions that inspire others to unleash motivations central to successful innovation

Organizational benefit

  • Gain expertise in creating innovative teams and cultures that enable bold transformation
  • Increase organizational capacity to make sense of – and effectively leverage – rapid change
  • Establish a cadre of highly self-aware leaders with the skills and knowledge to lead highperforming, innovative teams and departments

“In a highly competitive global business world, MIT Professional Education’s Digital Plus Programs provide an opportunity for experienced professionals to advance their knowledge, learn from the Institute’s distinguished faculty and gain insight into cutting-edge research, enabling them to return to their companies equipped with the knowledge and energy to scale to even greater competitive heights.”

Clara Piloto
Director of Global Programs
MIT Professional Education

The course modules

This course brings MIT's motto—mens et manus, or mind and hand—to life. It will challenge you to unleash your innovative strengths, and as long as you are prepared to feel uncomfortable at times—and do it anyway—you will emerge a stronger, more innovative leader.

The full experience of this course is not just about working through the videos, exercises and assignments. You will have the opportunity to demonstrate creativity, leadership and personal accountability. Throughout the experience, you will be required to actively collaborate within small teams. Your team members will be relying on your input in order for the team to succeed. Your leadership and accountability will be key.

Live Module – Virtual or On-site Half-day Workshop (can be extended to full day)

Module 1 – Why Leadership Matters in the Innovation Process

Module 2 – My Leadership Capabilities

Module 3 – Creating & Communicating a Shared Vision

Module 4 – Integrative project

Are you ready to unleash your full innovation leadership potential?

Dr. David Niño, Senior Lecturer MIT

David Niño is a Senior Lecturer in the Bernard M. Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program. Previously, he was Professor in the Practice of Engineering Leadership and Lecturer in Management at Rice University. While at Rice, he led the establishment of the university’s first four-year academic certificate in engineering leadership and was Director of Leadership Rice, the university-wide leadership development program.

A former management professor, Dr. Niño has published on the subjects of leadership, ethics, organizational culture, and the development of professional management skills. He has conducted research in high technology environments and is currently interested in investigating how leadership is developed among engineers and engineering organizations.

Dr. Niño has taught leadership since 1998 at the undergraduate, masters, doctoral, and executive/professional levels. He is currently a founding officer of the Leadership Development Division of the American Society of Engineering Education and consults with professionals and executives in the areas of leadership and team development. He holds a Ph.D. in Management from the University of Texas at Austin, where he also earned his B.A., B.B.A., and M.A. degrees.

About MIT Professional Education

MIT Professional Education provides a gateway to MIT for science and engineering professionals around the world. Taught by renowned faculty from across the Institute, technical professionals gain crucial and timely knowledge in specialized fields, enhance their credentials, and boost their performance within their organizations.

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Earn an MIT Professional Education Certificate of Completion & CEUS

All participants that successfully complete the course receive an MIT Professional Education Certificate of Completion. MIT Professional Education Digital Plus Program participants also earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Units for each course are calculated based on learning contact hours.

To earn CEUs participants must:

  • Create a personal profile for the course
  • Complete the online, course entrance survey
  • Complete all course modules and assignments required to earn a certificate of completion
  • Complete the online post-course evaluation survey

CEUs may be applied toward professional certification, licensing requirements, or other required training or continuing education hours. Please consult your training department or licensing authority directly.

Alumni benefits

MIT Professional Education offers a range of benefits to participants that successfully complete this course, including:

  • Exclusive 15% discount to MIT Professional Education's on-campus Short Programs
  • Eligibility to join the invitation-only MIT Professional Education LinkedIn alumni group
  • Networking opportunities with other MIT Professional Education alumni
  • Complimentary subscription to MIT Professional Education's newsletter

Are you ready to become an innovative leader?

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