MISTI SINGAPORE Leadership Exploration And Development Initiative (LEAD)
The eight-week intensive LEAD program provides engaging opportunities for students to develop and practice skills for effective leadership. Over the course of the summer, MIT and SUTD students participate together in a series of workshops and other activities that foster these skills. Each student also carries out an internship in one of numerous positions at SUTD and industry partners. The experiences gained during the program are applicable in a university setting and essential in life beyond.
To prepare participants for this cross-cultural experience, the MIT-SUTD Collaboration Office provides training focused on Singaporean cultural issues and history, background of the MIT-SUTD collaboration project, and leadership topics.
"This program taught me the importance of taking on the role of a leader. We played a lot of games that demonstrated the qualities of leadership and how to be a cooperative team player. I enjoyed how the lecturers and teaching assistants gave us different scenarios or problems each week, which showed how different people lead their own teams in their own unique ways. Being part of the hosting committee for the July 4th celebration allowed me to test out my leadership skills and practice what I had learned. Leading a group taught me how to get a team to be cooperative in order to accomplish our goals. It also strengthened my problem-solving, communication and listening skills, which are the essential to becoming a strong leader. I really had a fun experience with both SUTD and MIT students. I also appreciated the opportunities that the lecturers provided and the efforts that MIT students and the teaching assistants put into this LEAD programme."
— Camillus Wee Li Min, SUTD freshmore (pictured right)
"The LEAD Programme was so much more than just a leadership development program. I had participated in leadership development programs in the past, but LEAD was fun. I looked forward to each session because I got to spend quality time with people who I otherwise would not have gotten to know or even meet. I was able to experience a new culture by making close friends with people who came from very different backgrounds. LEAD is a program where the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. If you go to sessions with an open mind, you can leave with lessons learned, new experiences, and new friends. I made unforgettable friends and memories both in the classroom and out. The LEAD experience was leadership development and so much more."
— Herman Li, MIT senior