Johns Hopkins University, Center for Leadership Education

The Center for Leadership Education’s core mission is to develop influential and imaginative leaders by preparing students across the university to translate their innovations from the classroom and lab to the real world and to effectively transition from academic to professional life.

In CLE, we foster a culture of innovation and intentional collaboration that serves students at all levels in the Whiting School of Engineering, the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences, the School of Public Health, and the Peabody Institute. We provide Hopkins students with opportunities to develop skills in problem discovery, problem solving, quantitative reasoning, effective written and verbal communication, systems thinking, and teamwork, as well as the diversity of thought and experience that comes from bringing students from all disciplines and varying levels of education together in the classroom.

CLE curriculum centers on interdisciplinary, problem-based learning, most often developed in collaboration with departments throughout the university and industry partners, and grounded in the principles and processes of leadership, entrepreneurship, communication, and innovation. CLE’s corporate and nonprofit partners include Johns Hopkins Hospital, Danfoss, the NATO Innovation Hub, and the Nonprofit Alliance, among others, who provide real-world projects and hands-on experience to our students.

Using the Hopkins Method, CLE teaches students to innovate by searching various boundaries of uncertainty. By exploring possible futures, students discover previously un-articulated problems worth solving. By imagining the challenges, opportunities, and needs that people will face, they find solutions that help create a better future.

CLE develops leaders through the delivery of coursework and experiential learning opportunities centered on key innovation and sustainability principles. Read more about our approach here.