MIT's Leader to Leader Program Receives National Recognition

MIT's Leader to Leader program has been recognized in multiple categories of's 2016 Leadership Excellence awards, including Best Executive Coaching and Best Use of Team Building.

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Leader to Leader (L2L) is a unique leadership development program for leaders from the MIT community. L2L Fellows partner with senior leaders and MIT faculty in a proactive and systematic effort to build distributed world-class leadership throughout MIT.

Underlying Leader to Leader is the belief that leadership development is a shared responsibility, a partnership between the Institute and the L2L Fellows. Thus leadership skills are developed within the context of MIT's culture and aligned to the strategic needs of the Institute.

L2L is a nationally recognized best-practice leadership development program. A number of universities now model similar programs after MIT's.

To learn more about L2L's impact, watch our video.

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Why Does MIT Sponsor L2L?

  • Insure the stewardship of MIT, its mission and values
  • Foster distributed world-class leadership throughout MIT
  • Cultivate leaders who seize change as opportunity to advance MIT's role in the world
  • Equip leaders to shape MIT's culture of development and inclusion

L2L Learning Objectives

Upon completing L2L, L2L Fellows are able to:

  • Describe and act upon their role insuring the stewardship of MIT, its mission and values
  • Think and act creatively, flexibly and strategically as leaders
  • Anticipate and manage change efforts successfully at MIT
  • Leverage strong relationships with others across the Institute
  • Nurture a culture of development and inclusion at MIT

Who Should Apply to L2L?

L2L is intended for people at MIT who have formal or informal responsibilities for leading organizations and/or change initiatives. Applicants typically:

  • Have experience leading people to bring about change
  • Are currently in a role at MIT that involves leading change
  • Are open to feedback, reflection, and the hard work involved in participating fully in all aspects of L2L
  • Have the support of the leader(s) in their organization for their leadership development

For individuals who want to improve their effectiveness as a supervisor or manager of individuals, we encourage you to consider HR's management development programs. See Essentials of Managing and Managing for Excellence.

How L2L Works

L2L is a 12-month program, offering both a theoretical leadership framework and hands-on leadership experiences. Working with current senior MIT leaders and faculty, L2L Fellows build skills through conversations, workshops, projects and presentations.

The program includes state-of-the-art developmental concepts:

  • workshops
  • multi-rater assessments
  • individual development plans
  • executive coaching
  • strategic projects

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