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Leadeship at MIT
As President Hockfield stated in her inaugural address, "MIT is uniquely equipped, and obliged, to make a critical difference... to educate the leaders the world needs now."

Rather than classifying people as "leaders" or "nonleaders" and trying to develop individuals into leaders, MIT assumes that everyone can learn and grow in ways that make them more effective in the various contexts, roles within a group, and processes they take on in their lives. Each experience you engage in during your time at MIT is an opportunity to test skills, shape effectiveness, and enhance awareness about how you want to impact the world.

We have developed this website as the foundation for a Virtual Leadership Center, a one-stop-shop for dissemination of information about the wide inventory of offerings across MIT that provide leadership development opportunities for students.
Leadership Defined
Leader PhotoWhen using this website, please think of the term "leadership" in its broadest definition - beyond position, power, or privilege - and recognize that each of us has qualities that can be examined, practiced and developed including skills in: problem-solving, creativity, big-picture thinking, ability to connect people and ideas, ability to influence others, conscientiousness, conflict resolution, attention to detail, communication skills, or a desire to change the world.
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Featured Opportunity

icon Freshman Leadership Program (FLP)

The Freshman Leadership Program was created in 1996 as the first pre-orientation program. It began with the intention of creating a close-knit MIT community, equipping FLPers with the leadership skills, charisma, and maturity necessary to lead their class through the upcoming four years of MIT. FLP participants and counselors have a strong history of making their mark on the MIT campus. From student government leaders, to starting new student groups, to founding global service organizations, the Freshman Leadership Program truly inspires participants to take an active role in the community. More than any other Pre-Orientation Program, FLP challenges students to learn about themselves through an experience that cannot be duplicated at MIT. Although leadership is often defined by the offices one holds and the recognition one attains, there is another aspect to the meaning of leadership. FLP believes a leader is someone who has the initiative to actively better his or her environment. FLP is a different take on leadership. We are not a series of lectures and you will never sit in a classroom. Rather, campers enjoy a blend of fun, hands-on activities and eye-opening discussions. When students return to campus, it is not uncommon to hear them saying, "FLP was the best preparation I could have possibly had to make me ready for a great freshman year." The program, completely run by MIT student counselors, is a fantastic way for students to get to know other members of their class, to discuss the upcoming freshman year, and to simply participate in a lot of fun activities. Discover why participants call the FLP experience "amazing," "phenomenal," and give it "two thumbs up."
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