Course Description

4-Month Creative Leadership Program I 4 Modules

The Creative Leadership Program, powered by DesignThinkers Academy, is a hybrid program in leadership and strategic design. The program is connecting the future change agents for co-creating, co-working, and sensemaking together. The program provides a creative platform both for personal growth and professional connections. The program cover all scales of leadership: personal (ME), teams (WE), organisations (US) and the world (PLANET).

The program is a starting point for a creative community and a creative collective for creative minds and leaders globally. All participants will be invited to join the Creative Leadership Platform.


It is said that the single most important skill for any job in the future is creativity. Whether it relates to the leadership, the collaboration between humans and machines or the future of the design work, the key capabilities that are needed are creativity, creative leadership, and creative problem solving. The new toolbox of the future leaders includes: Design Thinking, Systems Thinking, Strategic Design and Strategic Foresight. The soft stuff is the hard stuff of the future.


If you want to improve your creative leadership skills this program is for you. The Creative Leadership Program provides future and current leaders new tools and skills to successfully lead high performance teams, communities and organizations. It will help you become a confident thought leader, inspirator, facilitator, adviser, and above all, a navigator in a fast-changing landscape of complexities. You learn to create your own map for the future.


You will learn about your own strengths, how to be an authentic and confident leader and apply your learnings directly in your organisation. You will become aware of your influence and impact, not only regarding the organisational level, but also regarding your responsibility in planetary terms. In leadership we are moving from human-centric to humanity-centric approach.


We start with a creative camp in leadership, we build a learning community for the transformation, we co-create a resilient platform of processes, and we share a sustainable ecosystem for the future.

1. Creative Leadership Camp:
CONFIDENT IN YOURSELF –>  From resumes to reputations.

How to be a Navigator

  • Principles for life
  • Self assessment
  • The importance of authenticity
  • Receiving and giving feedback
  • Root-cause-analysis
  • Biases and assumptions
  • Mapping the creative landscape and business landscape
  • Thought leadership and personal branding
  • Visualising ideas

2. Learning Team Community
CONNECTED TO OTHERS –> From staff to networks of contributors

Culture of innovation

  • Creative methods and processes
  • Creating a safe space
  • Managing by letting go
  • Microlearning
  • Team dynamics
  • How to create a movement
  • Creating and leading self-managing teams
  • Behavioural science
  • Change management
  • Measuring success, KPI’s and incentives

3. Resilient Organisation Platform
COMMITTED TO PURPOSE –>  From strategic plans to continuous feedback loops

Changing Realities

  • Trend analysis for innovation
  • New economics
  • New organizational models, from pyramid to network
  • New ways of working
  • Learning, unlearning and relearning
  • Changing expectations
  • Business models
  • How to create a strong brand

4. Sustainable Future Eco-System
EMOTIONALLY COURAGEOUS –> From closed to open

Values and Purpose

  • Holistic Thinking
  • Systems Thinking
  • Value driven organisations
  • Sustainability
  • Design for good

Onsite Classes:

During the program there will be four meetings of 2,5 Days. Three of those meetings will be held in the Netherlands, Amsterdam at DesignThinkers Academy Head office, and one meeting you will be traveling to Africa.
All onsite classes are lead by: Michael ThorleyAnne Stenros, Thomas de Bresser and Arne van Oosterom (head of Faculty) and a team of visiting experts.

Personal Project:

The program is highly personalized and during the on-boarding procedure we will create a personal road map. You will also be asked to start a personal project (ideally within your organisation). During the program you will receive group and personal coaching to help apply what you learn during the program directly in you everyday life and work.

Social Project:

Besides your personal project you will be working in a small team on a real-life social innovation project. This project will have you travel to Africa… Everything else will be a surprise. You will work with your team onsite and remotely during the four months of the program.

Online Coaching sessions:

Apart from the onsite classes, homework and group project we will run online meeting moments each month (with your group as well as a personal coaching sessions). During the online sessions a coach from the DesignThinkers Academy will help you work and reflect on homework, process and personal development. All personal coaches are skilled professionals carefully selected for the program.


To make sure all participants will have the best possible learning experience, participants will first enter an enrolment procedure. We select participants because the quality of the team you will study and work with is going to be just as important as the coaches and experts in the program.

We also want to make sure this program is exactly what you need to reach your goals. Even if you’re not selected we will offer you advise to help you with possible next steps.

Are you interested in the program? For a detailed program, download our leaflet (see below).
For more information and questions, please get in contact with us:

We can also offer you a tailor-made coaching program designed around your specific team objectives to guide you through the DT process.

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About this Event

Location: DesignThinkers Academy; Nieuwe Leliestraat 1015 SH, Amsterdam

Language: English
Max. participants: 10


Early Bird Ticket Price: € 10.000,00 (until November 20th 2019)
Regular Ticket Price: € 11.250,00
For special prices get in contact with us

Not included: Travel costs and accommodation

Your ticket includes a daily healthy and delicious lunch plus snacks and beverages throughout the days of the onsite classes. When you successfully complete the course, you will receive a certificate of attendance from DesignThinkers Academy. Discounts are available for teams signing up, Freelancers, Non-Profits and Government Organizations. If you have any other questions regarding this course or its ticketing, drop us a line at

Course leaflet