In 2002, the same year that MIT piloted the Leader to Leader (L2L) program, President Emeritus Paul Gray described leadership in higher education in this way, "universities, as a class, are for the most part led by people who have had no formal training as leaders…What makes such leadership possible is that along the way you get some very good mentoring, which helps develop the necessary skills."
Since then, the L2L leadership development program has become an essential way for MIT to actively mentor and build its internal leadership capability. L2L fellows are chosen via a highly selective process and then take on a year-long commitment to gain new skills and insights from faculty, MIT’s senior leadership, and each other. In true MIT fashion, the program employs both a theoretical leadership framework, based on the Sloan School of Management’s model of leadership, and hands-on leadership experiences.
In December 2014, four DUE staff graduated from the L2L program, congratulations!
Kim Benard, Assistant Director, Distinguished Fellowships, GECD
Peggy Eysenbach, Development Officer, Experiential Learning, Edgerton Center
David Randall, Associate Dean, Student Support Services
Ingrid Vargas, Advisor, Special Projects and Initiatives, Office of the Chancellor (and formally in the Office of Admissions)
In reflecting on her L2L experience, Ingrid Vargas explained, "Among its most rewarding components is the focus on developing greater self-awareness...