This page focuses on the course ESD.801 Leadership Development as it was taught by Professor Dava Newman in Fall 2014.
This course is a required experience for first-year students in the Technology and Policy Program (TTP). It is designed to help students develop their leadership capabilities. An initial Outward Bound experience builds trust, teamwork and communication skills. Classes are held in a seminar environment and readings and assignments emphasize the characteristics of desired leadership skills. Global leaders participate in the “Leadership Lunch” story-telling series to share experiences and to provide recommendations. Discussions help explore and further probe leadership development. The learning experience culminates in a personal leadership plan.
This is a partial term course and meets on an irregular schedule during the first 11 weeks of the 15-week semester.
ESD.801 prepares students for further study in the Technology and Policy Program.
Permission of the instructor
Core requirement in Technology and Policy SM Program
Every fall semester
The students' grades were based on the following activities:
First year graduate students in the Technology and Policy Program.
During an average week, students were expected to spend 8 hours on the course, roughly divided as follows:
ESD.801 students participate in an Outward Bound experience to build trust, leadership, and communication skills. (Image courtesy of Alexandre Jacquillat. Used with permission.)
Lead small groups of students in discussing key readings and case studies
Support the lead instructor in teaching the course
Share leadership stories and experiences during Leadership Lunches