Executive Leadership Principles

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

Watch industry experts explain the importance of leadership training for their technical workforce.

  • TIME COMMITMENT 5 Hours per Week
  • DURATION 3-4 Weeks per Course
  • FORMAT Online


Executive Leadership Principles prepares you to innovate within your field, motivate collaboration, and work systematically so you can reach your highest potential and take on leadership roles in your organization.

MIT xPRO is collaborating with online education provider Simplilearn to deliver this online course. It leverages MIT xPRO's thought leadership in engineering and management developed over years of research, teaching, and practice. Accessibility

  • Solve problems by engaging in problem-led leadership.
  • Demonstrate leadership capabilities in the context of technical work environments.
  • Lead positive change in your organization.
  • Create value by aligning work processes with products and strategy.
  • Negotiate and manage conflicts using power and influence approaches.
  • Navigate an organization’s culture and networks successfully.
  • Discover and apply your strengths as a leader.


  • 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




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

Emily R. Wright

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…

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Cody Jacobucci

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 negot…

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Liisa Charie Bruchal

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 …

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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 ch…

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Xi Chen

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 o…

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Edward Alliston

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…

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Kianna Elahi-Gedwillo

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 …

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Debbie Brey

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 th…

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Edward F. Crawley

Edward F. Crawley

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

David Niño

David Niño

Senior Lecturer, Gordon Engineering Leadership Program, MIT

Nelson Repenning

Nelson Repenning

Professor of System Dynamics, Sloan School of Management, MIT

Lawrence Susskind

Lawrence Susskind

Ford Professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Planning, MIT

John Van Maanen

John Van Maanen

Professor of Organization Studies, MIT


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