Leadership for Innovators

INDENG 190H (1 Unit)

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Class Description

In innovation and entrepreneurship, “leadership” has a unique definition. The creators of new products, markets, and industries must lead both teams and society into uncharted worlds that have yet to be defined. Innovators embark on a journey of discovery, both of their chosen field as well as themselves. You cannot rely on the past to provide a roadmap—you must create your own. Leadership in this context requires deep introspection, analysis and a willingness to learn from your mistakes and the actions of others.

In this course, you will learn leadership through the lens of your own experiences, skills, blind spots, weaknesses and strengths in order to prepare you to lead a team into the unknown, the uncertain and the uncharted. Rather than rely on biographies of the dead and the legendary, you will be challenged to develop your own style of leadership. By the end of the course, you will have mapped out your own personality topography—your motivators, distractors, superhero strengths and kryptonite. You will learn how to identify strengths and weaknesses in others, how to inspire and empower those around you, how to follow and to lead when either is required of you. You will learn the power of conflict and how to leverage conflict for better outcomes. Ultimately, you will learn how to be your own coach on the leadership journey of self-development.


This class is open to students enrolled through SCET global programs and to Cal students via application. SCET global students do not have to apply. Cal students should send a resume and statement of interest (1 paragraph) to David Law at dlaw@berkeley.edu.


David Law is the Director of Global Academic Programs at the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (SCET). He is responsible for the design, development, and execution of the Center’s international programs which provide access to the University’s vast entrepreneurial ecosystem. David works closely with students, industry partners and academic partners around the globe. Current programs include academic offerings for undergraduate and graduate students as well as visiting researchers and teachers of entrepreneurship and innovation. David also has experience as an instructor, teaching project-based courses offered by SCET including Challenge Lab, Innovation Collider, and Deplastifying the Planet.

Refer to our Courses page for a full list of SCET courses and our

Certificate page for more information on our Certificate in Entrepreneurship & Technology.


Contact SCET Academic Program Manager Michelle Lee at lee.2293@berkeley.edu for additional questions.