Learn & Grow for Managers

MIT is pleased to offer resources and programs that help develop skills in both new and experienced managers at the Institute.

Drop-In Sessions

Managers' Roundtable: Each month, join other MIT managers to:

  • create a sense of community among MIT managers
  • better understand what managers need to become a confident and effective manager in the remote work environment
  • facilitate an exchange of ideas for managing a remote workforce; and
  • share learning resources

Each session will cover topics that are trending with MIT managers.

See upcoming Managers' Roundtable sessions and join.

Learning Resources

Learning bundle on managing HR policies and practices

MIT managers can access the Managing HR Policies & Practices learning bundle right now to get specific resources for relevant policies and practices for managing people. You'll find self-paced learning materials you can mix and match to meet your learning objectives. Find information on MIT's hiring process, the Massachusetts Equal Pay Act, time away from work options provided under the Family and Medical Leave Act, options for raising and resolving concerns about violations of MIT employment policy, and more.

LinkedIn Learning courses

Ready when you are: Access free online courses on the topic of having difficult conversations, including Best Practices Before a Difficult Conversation and Identify the Power and Structure Patterns.

Visit Learn & Grow for additonal upcoming workshops and courses for managers.

How to engage in active listening

Active listening creates a supportive space in which employees have a voice and can process and talk through emotions. Download this guide to learn how to use this powerful tool to better engage with your employees.

Tips for managing in challenging times

Create space for your employees to feel valued and cared for by applying these tips.

  • Open your door — invite employees in
  • Listen to employees and acknowledge both their words and emotions
  • Make it clear that it is OK to talk about challenging circumstances and emotions
  • Avoid judging people who bring emotions to work
  • Actively check in with employees
  • Regularly walk around — be present
  • Have and exhibit empathy
  • Connect employees to resources
  • Offer regular "thank yous" to your team
  • Take care of yourself — access resources as needed
  • Stay within your role; ask for help from your manager or HR when necessary
  • As circumstances and emotions permit, help employees reconnect with a positive feature of MIT

See additional resources in Support for Managers.


Leader to Leader (L2L)

MIT's Leader to Leader program builds internal leadership capacity to foster distributed leadership throughout MIT, and cultivate leaders who seize change as opportunity to advance MIT's role in the world.Learn more.

Essentials of Managing

Essentials of Managing prepares managers at MIT for their core responsibilities in managing individuals. While the program is designed for new managers, it is also relevant for any manager who wants to establish a solid foundation in these core responsibilities.