MIT Media Lab and MIT Sloan

WSJ+ members receive a 15% course cost reduction for the AI Leadership course.

January 11, 2023
Enrol by January 17, 2023

$3,200 $2,720
Payment options available


6 weeks




7-10 hours per week, self-paced online learning

AI Leadership from MIT

WSJ+ members receive an exclusive 15% course cost reduction for the AI Leadership course.


January 11, 2023

Enroll by January 17, 2023



$3,200 $2,700

Payment options available

Length: 6 weeks

Language: English

Effort: 7-10 hours per week, self-paced online learning

About the Offer

WSJ+ members are invited to register for the AI Leadership course presented by MIT SA+P and MIT Sloan in collaboration with Esme Learning. As a part of this offer, learners will receive a 15% course cost reduction with code MITWSJ2022, alongside exclusive access to a white paper from Prof. Alex "Sandy" Pentland; Professor, Institute for Data Systems and Society, MIT Sloan School of Management. Upon completion of the course, participants will receive an additional $500 credit towards any future course with Esme Learning.


About the AI Leadership from MIT course


Throughout this course, participants reflect on the leaders they are, the leaders they could be, the tools they can use to create an organization of learning and innovation and the resources available to plan for the future.

Connecting Leadership and Artificial Intelligence (AI), managers, directors and CEOs will learn how AI technology can amplify current leadership practices to improve individual, team and organizational leadership capabilities.

In this six-week online course, leaders will gain new leadership capabilities to improve the ability of their teams to innovate and succeed, and to help their organizations act with agility and purpose.

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What's Included?

Course: AI Leadership from MIT
Format: online, collaborative learning
Duration: 6 weeks
Effort: 7-10 hours per week
Price: $3,200 $2,700
Certificate issued by: MIT Media Lab and MIT Sloan

Language: English


Offer details*

  • 15% course cost reduction to accelerate your career with code MITWSJ2022
  • Access to exclusive faculty white paper for cutting-edge industry insights
  • Collaboration with C-suite speakers, experts and colleagues to develop a global peer-to-peer network
  • An invitation to a live eventwith an MIT faculty member from the course
  • A distinguished professional profile differentiated by a certificate of completion issued by MIT School of Architecture + Planning and MIT Sloan
  • Upon completion of the course, participants will receive an additional $500 credit towards any future course with Esme Learning.

What You Will Gain

This is your opportunity to join a community driven by a shared purpose: to make a better world through education, research and innovation. Key course benefits include:


  • Proof of knowledge through the prestigious certificate of completion issued by MIT School of Architecture + Planning and MIT Sloan
  • A powerful professional network from building connections with a global cohort of leaders, influencers and course participants
  • Coveted industry knowledge from market-driven curriculum designed and delivered to the standard of an elite academic institution
  • Acquisition and retention of new skills supported by an AI-driven learning platform, individual- and team-based programming, and individual success coaching
  • A career-accelerating toolkit to accelerate as a future-forward leader comprised of frameworks, strategies and methodologies

Course Content

Module 0: Orientation

An overview of the program, the next-generation AI platform used to deliver it, and the community of fellow AI innovators and leaders.

Module 1: AI + Leadership

Establish a foundational understanding of how to use AI as a tool for effective leadership. Learners will also explore the process of creating an organization as a system of innovation by examining:

  • Individual leadership strengths, aspirations and growth opportunities
  • Team capabilities, talents and ways to drive performance
  • Organizational structures and culture to support bottom-up and top-down innovation


Key module concepts include:

  • Historical context
  • Foundational concepts
  • Role of AI + Leadership

Module 2: Extended Intelligence

Understand innovation at the system level by looking at the organization as a gameboard, where structures and cultures are vital in supporting individuals and teams. Through systems thinking and collective intelligence, learners will make sense of their constantly changing environment and begin to evaluate their organization's current structure.


Key module concepts include:

  • Systems thinking
  • Collective intelligence + knowledge
  • Architecting the gameboard at the organizational level
  • Extended intelligence (EI)
  • Autonomy + control

Module 3: Developing a New Leadership Mindset for Data

Explore the role of data as a valuable tool in the decision-making process. Learners are introduced to xTeams and AI tools as aggregators for building and nurturing the types of connections needed, both inside and outside an organization, to support complex knowledge transfer and creative solution-finding through higher levels of cooperation.

Key module concepts include:

  • Developing a leadership mindset for data
  • Architecting the gameboard at the team level
  • AI tools
  • xTeams building and simulation

Module 4: Developing Your Leadership Signature

Focus on individual leadership capabilities to prioritize innovation, autonomy and control. Participants will learn how to engage in sensemaking, relating, inventing and visioning to build effective teams, tap into organizational wisdom and create agile organizations. Using self-awareness of their strengths, weaknesses and values, participants will develop the capacity to authentically lead across a variety of situations.

Key module concepts include:

  • Individual leadership development
  • Key skills
  • Future leadership state: envisioning and planning

Module 5: AI Governance 

Analyze organizational and social responsibility to make ethical decisions. Data is the impetus for many big decisions, most of which have legal and social implications. Learn how AI can be used as a sensemaking tool in the decision-making process for all decisions, with a focus on ethics and responsibility.

Key module concepts include:

  • Leadership responsibility
  • Strategic implications of AI
  • Data regulation
  • Ethical standards

Module 6: AI + the Future of Work

Learn how to use AI technologies to make decisions that are consistent, socially responsible and impactful--with limited oversight. Learners will also examine trends and developments in AI, how to evaluate and choose which technologies to pursue and how to maintain adaptive teams to accelerate transformation.

Key module concepts include:

  • AI trends
  • Building a culture of innovation
  • Planning for a workforce of the future

Experiential Learning / Project Capstone

During the project capstone component of the course, you will define a business problem, explain how AI can help, and identify the leadership strategy needed to successfully implement the proposed solution.

Your instructors

Prof. Alex Pentland,
Faculty Director
Institute for Data Systems and Society Media Lab,
Sloan School
Alex "Sandy" Pentland is founding faculty director of the MIT Connection Science Research Initiative, which uses network science to access and change real-world human behavior, and is the Toshiba Professor of Media, Arts, and Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He also holds a triple appointment at MIT in Media Arts and Sciences, Engineering Systems Division and with the Sloan School of Business.

Sandy has helped create and direct MIT’s Media Lab, the Media Lab Asia, and the Center for Future Health. He chairs the IEEE Council on Extended Intelligence, and has been an Advisory Board member for Google, Nissan, Telefonica, the United Nations Secretary General, Monument Capital, and the Minerva Schools.

In 2012 Forbes named Sandy one of the "seven most powerful data scientists in the world", along with Google founders and the CTO of the United States, and in 2013 he won the McKinsey Award from Harvard Business Review. He is among the most-cited computational scientists in the world, and a pioneer in computational social science, organizational engineering, wearable computing (Google Glass), image understanding, and modern biometrics. His research has been featured in Nature, Science, and Harvard Business Review, as well as being the focus of TV features on BBC World, Discover and Science channels. His most recent books are Social Physics (Penguin) and Building a New Economy (MIT Press).
Prof. Deborah Ancona,
Faculty Director
Faculty Director,
Seley Distinguished Professor of Management and MIT Professor,
Organization Studies
Deborah Ancona is the Seley Distinguished Professor of Management, a Professor of Organization Studies, and the Founder of the MIT Leadership Center at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Her pioneering research into how successful teams operate has highlighted the critical importance of managing outside, as well as inside, the team’s boundary. This research directly led to the concept of x-teams as a vehicle for driving innovation within large organizations. Ancona’s work also focuses on the concept of distributed leadership and on the development of research-based tools, practices, and teaching/coaching models that enable organizations to foster creative leadership at every level.

She is the author of the book, X-Teams: How to Build Teams That Lead, Innovate, and Succeed (Harvard Business School Press) and the related articles, "In Praise of the Incomplete Leader," and "Nimble Leadership: Walking the Line Between Creativity and Chaos" (Harvard Business Review). In addition to x-teams, her studies of team performance have also been published in the Administrative Science Quarterly, the Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, and the MIT Sloan Management Review. Her previous book, Managing for the Future: Organizational Behavior and Processes (South-Western College Publishing), centers on the skills and processes needed in today’s diverse and changing organization. Ancona has served as a consultant on leadership and innovation to companies such as Accenture, BI Pharmaceuticals, Bose, Bristol-Myers Squibb, the International Development Bank, Li & Fung, Scarborough Health Network, Takeda, OCP, W.L. Gore and YPO, and has served on the Board of the Penn Graduate School of Education.

Ancona holds a BA and an MS in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in management from Columbia University.

Guest Experts

Rama Akkiraju

IBM Fellow & CTO, AI for IT Operations Management

Ajay Bahlla

President, Cyber and Intelligence Solutions, Mastercard

Cynthia Breazeal

Assoc. Director, MIT Media Lab

Francesca Grippa

Northeastern University, College of Professional Education/ Teaching Professor and Faculty Director for the Global and Social Enterprise portfolio

Keith Horspool

Former Sr. Manager, Boehringer-Ingelheim

Hossein Rahnama

Founder & CEO, Flybits, Prof. Ryerson, Research Affiliate MIT Media Lab

Additional Guest Speakers


Abdullah Almaatouq - MIT Sloan, Assistant Prof. Information Technology / Sunita Badola - Head, External Partnership & Patient-centric Data Strategy, R&D Computational Biology, Takeda / Teamie Kim - Founder of Humnyze / Rosalind Picard - MIT Media Lab, Director of Affective Computing Research, co-founder of the startups Affectiva and Empatica


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