Inquiry-Driven Leadership

Course starts 25 November 2020

Course information

Registration Closes:
17 November 2020
Course Starts:
25 November 2020
6 weeks, excluding orientation
6–8 hours per week, entirely online
USD $2,800
Payment Options
MIT Sloan School of Management


Asking the right questions has the power to dissolve barriers to creative thinking: it can move the emphasis away from finding a single correct answer to creating larger positive change and greater organizational value.

The Inquiry-Driven Leadership online short course from the MIT Sloan School of Management teaches you to adopt a questioning approach to effectively identify and resolve organizational problems.

You’ll learn about the conditions and behavioral habits that facilitate the space for asking better questions, and develop the ability to find, frame, and solve challenges within your context.

By learning to facilitate productive inquiry with a question-based mindset, you’ll uncover new business insights and opportunities for innovation.

Discover the catalytic questions that foster transformative change, shift behaviors and beliefs, and generate individual and organizational value.

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What will set you apart

Earn a certificate of completion from the MIT Sloan School of Management in this online program and be empowered to:

  • Create the conditions for a questioning culture that identifies and solves business challenges

  • Recognize and dissolve the barriers that constrain productive inquiry and creative thinking

  • Distinguish the types of productive, catalytic questions that drive change and innovation

  • Understand how CEOs and innovators transform industries by asking the right questions

Course curriculum

Discover new business opportunities as you follow your learning path through the weekly modules of this online program:

  • Orientation module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1 Appreciating the Power of Catalytic Questions
  • Module 2 Creating the Conditions for Questions to Flourish
  • Module 3 Building the Habits of Productive Inquiry
  • Module 4 Understanding and Working Through the Barriers to Inquiry
  • Module 5 Building the Questioning Capacity of a Team or Organization
  • Module 6 Changing the World by Changing the Questions

Gain new insights and drive innovation by asking the right questions

This MIT Sloan online short course is delivered in collaboration with GetSmarter. Learn from industry thought leaders as you drive the identification and solving of business problems.

Who you'll learn from

MIT Sloan faculty and industry experts will share their experience and in-depth subject knowledge with you throughout the course.

Hal Gregersen

Hal Gregersen

Senior Lecturer, Work and Organization Studies

Gregersen is the executive director of the MIT Leadership Center and a senior lecturer in Leadership and Innovation at the MIT Sloan School of Management. There he pursues his vocation of executive teaching, coaching, and research. In his work, he explores how leaders in business, government, and society discover provocative new ideas, develop the human and organizational capacity to realize those ideas, and ultimately deliver positive, powerful results.

Gregersen is a Senior Fellow at Innosight, a growth-strategy consulting firm, and a former advisory board member at Pharmascience, a privately held pharmaceutical company based in Montreal, Canada. Before joining MIT, he taught at INSEAD, London Business School, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, Brigham Young University, and in Finland, as a Fulbright Fellow.


Roger Lehman

Roger Lehman

Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan School of Management

Lehman is a senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management and a professor at INSEAD's Singapore campus. At INSEAD, he designs and teaches in both open and company-specific programs, providing a focus on executive leadership, personal and professional development, change management, and high-performance teams. In addition, he is a member of the core faculty at the INSEAD Global Leadership Center. As co-designer and program director of INSEAD’s innovative Coaching and Consulting for Change Program, he is deeply involved in supporting leadership transformational processes. Lehman’s clinical, teaching and organizational consulting career spans over 35 years during which time his experience has included a variety of staff and leadership positions in both public and private institutions. Over the past 20 years his teaching and consulting have led him to a variety of international assignments on all continents, including Antarctica. In addition to his extensive involvement in the Executive Masters Program, Lehman’s current focus is on leader development in Asia and Africa.

Industry Experts

Tim Kobe

Tim Kobe

Founder and CEO, Eight Inc.

Tiffany Shlain

Tiffany Shlain

Founder, Webby Awards and Co-Founder, International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences

Christiane Wenkheim

Christiane Wenkheim

Chairman-Supervisory Board, Ottakringer Getränke AG

Safi Bacall

Safi Bahcall

Author of the Wall Street Journal best seller, Loonshots and former CEO, Synta Pharmaceuticals Corp.

Joan Lavorere

Joan LaRovere

Director of Innovation and Outcomes, Boston Children’s Hospital and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Michael Hawley

Michael Hawley

Former professor, MIT’s Media Lab and Founder, MIT’s GO Expeditions Program

Rana el Kaliouby

Rana el Kaliouby

PhD; CEO & Co-Founder, Affectiva; Author, Girl Decoded

Earn a certificate of completion from MIT Sloan

Set yourself apart and get recognized for your knowledge when you earn an official certificate of completion from the MIT Sloan School of Management, one of the world's leading business schools.1

This program also counts towards an MIT Sloan Executive Certificate, which you can earn upon completion of four programs where at least three of the four come from your chosen certificate track and at least one is completed in-person. Find full details here.

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and couriered to you, at no additional cost, upon successful completion of the program, as per the stipulated requirements. All certificate images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of the University.

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Our next available short course starts 25 November 2020.

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    GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.

    At the beginning of each week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Advisor who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


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    The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.

    On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Advisor, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.