Professional Course

Inquiry-Driven Leadership

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6 weeks
6 weeks
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Course description

Inquiry-Driven Leadership

Earn an official certificate of professional achievement from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Asking the right questions has the power to dissolve the barriers to creative thinking: It can move the emphasis away from finding a single correct answer and on 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 solve 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.

Who should attend?

Is this course for you?

If you’re interested in solving business problems, this online program will help you to develop the inquisitive leadership skills to overcome real business challenges and uncover new opportunities. The productive inquiry tools taught in this program will be of use to professionals across functions and industries. Senior and middle managers alike will benefit from an understanding of why a question-based approach is becoming increasingly relevant in today’s context of uncertainty and disruption. For consultants and strategists, as well as marketing, innovation, and operations professionals, the course will serve to develop your critical-thinking and problem-solving strengths, and assist you in driving profound change in your organization.

Training content

Discover new business opportunities as you work through the weekly modules of this online program.

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

Course delivery details


  • 6 weeks Excluding orientation
  • 6–8 hours per week Self-paced learning online

Certification / Credits

Learn to apply a question-based approach to solve problems in your leadership context and earn an official digital certificate of completion from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

This program also counts toward 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.

What will set you apart

On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:

Skills to create the conditions for a questioning culture that identifies and solves business challenges.

An understanding of how to dissolve the barriers that constrain productive inquiry and creative thinking.

An ability to distinguish the types of productive, catalytic questions that drive change and innovation.

Insight into how CEOs and innovators transform industries by asking the right questions.

Why choose GetSmarter?

  • Data-driven course selection
  • Outcomes-based design
  • People-mediated delivery
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