The MIT Leadership Center has documented conversations with many influential leaders from around MIT and across the world. Faculty Director, Deborah Ancona, and Executive Director, Hal Gregersen, have interviewed dozens of leaders about their personal leadership journeys and the lessons they have learned along the way.


 

How Failure Inspired One Entrepreneur to Ask Better Questions

Hal Gregersen, executive director of the MIT Leadership Center interviews Lior Div, CEO and co-founder of Cyberreason, about the failures and challenges in his life that enabled him to ask better questions. As part of the MIT Leadership Interview Series, Div explains that failure is critical to finding organizational blind spots and opportunities for growth.

Asking the Right Questions Across Politics and Business – MLC Interview with Deval Patrick

As part of the MIT Leadership Interview Series, Hal Gregersen, executive director of the MIT Leadership Center, connects with Deval Patrick, former governor of Massachusetts, and managing director in impact investment at Bain Capital. Together, they explore how several high impact transitions in Patrick’s life helped him become more comfortable with the uncomfortable. They look […]

Top Gun Leadership – MLC Interview with David Markert

David Markert, director of business development, Progeny Systems, describes how the navy influenced his leadership style in an interview with Hal Gregersen, executive director of the MIT Leadership Center. He also discusses how self awareness can help a leader ask the right questions, select the best team members, and find the most valuable solutions.

The Danger of a “Good News Cocoon” – MLC Interview with Nandan Nilekani

Nandan Nilekani, an Indian entrepreneur, bureaucrat and politician who co-founded Infosys and was appointed by the Indian Prime Minister to serve as Chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), sits down with Hal Gregersen, executive director of the MIT Leadership Center, to discuss why sustaining a two-way dialogue is vital in any leadership […]

Finding A Complete Leader – MLC Interview with Alan Mulally

Alan Mulally, iconic CEO and current Google board member, sits down with Deborah Ancona, Director of the MIT Leadership Center. As part of the MIT Leadership Center Video Series, they explore how Mulally (and his leadership style) contributed to the turnaround of Ford and Boeing. To read the full affiliated blog post click here.

Creating the Environment for Powerful Questions | MLC Interview with Guy Wollaert

Creating the Environment for Powerful Questions | MLC Interview with Guy Wollaert Guy Wollaert, chief exploration officer at Loggia Strategy & Design, talks to Hal Gregersen, executive director of the MIT Leadership Center, about his 20-plus tenure with Coca-Cola. Most recently serving as the global beverage brand’s chief technical and innovation officer, Wollaert discusses how […]

Building Empathy Into Your Business | MLC Interview with Kailash Swarna

Building Empathy Into Your Business | MLC Interview Kailash Swarna, Associate Partner at IBM and MIT Sloan Fellow, sits down with Hal Gregersen, Executive Director of the MIT Leadership Center, to discuss the power of questions in creating a culture of transformative, empathetic conversations. As part of the MIT Leadership Video Series, Swarna reflects on […]

Leading from the Heart & the Head

Former Prime Minister of Haiti, Laurent Lamothe, sits down with Deborah Ancona, director of the MIT Leadership Center, to talk about how to balance the heart and the head to lead through challenging times. He reflects on how his careers as a professional athlete, entrepreneur and executive led him to politics and prepared him for […]

Vision in Volatility

After the catastrophic 2010 earthquake, Laurent Lamothe, former Haiti Prime Minister, was tasked with leading his country through the greatest disaster it has ever seen. In this interview Lamothe speaks with Deborah Ancona, director of the MIT Leadership Center, about his strategy to recover from the devastation and some of the challenges he faced on […]

The Introverted Leader

Being an introvert can be both an obstacle and an advantage, according to General Stanley McChrystal, former commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan and of the Joint Special Operations Command and author of “Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement of a Complex World” in a conversation with Hal Gregersen, Executive Director of […]