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.

What's New

Manager's Feedback Program

Now open for registration: MIT managers are invited to join this pilot program on asking for, receiving, and using feedback to improve effectiveness and augment growth. Learn to embrace feedback with an open mind, commit to action based on it, and follow through in the spirit of continual self-improvement. Learn more about the program and register.

Curated resources

See our curated management tips and tools from around the web, as well as content developed specifically for MIT managers to address the challenges in managing a remote team, engaging staff, cultivating change, and more.  Stop by for a quick learning experience anytime.

Drop-In Sessions

Monthly Managers' Roundtable

Join other MIT managers to:

  • gain insight into practical approaches to address everyday management challenges;
  • build and share management best practices with a peer network across MIT; and
  • grow your peer manager network to support your professional and career development goals.

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

Learn more.

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

Programs

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.

Coaching for Success

The Coaching for Success program is designed specifically for people managers to enable them to be more effective as coaches. The program consists of five half-day virtual training sessions, and approximately two days of work outside of the classroom, for a total of a five-business day commitment over a three-month period.

See additional resources in Support for Managers.