Course Description

5-Modules Online Future Leadership Skills Course (Certificate)


Gain a deeper understanding of the essential skills necessary in becoming an effective leader of the future while at the same time learning the ability of confidently guiding your organization through disruptive and dynamic environments. Enhance your capabilities in empowering teams to stay focused, aligned and continuously stimulate bold innovation.

The purpose of this modular course is to transform leadership professionals among all levels, into creative leaders of the future. This will be achieved within 5 individual Modules, which will be facilitated by highly experienced facilitators from DesignThinkers Academy. Additionally, we will actively guide you in designing your Personal Action Plan to well equip you to effectively implement your Leadership Skills in your daily working environment.   


Gain insights in the expectations and challenges leaders of the future will face in order to effectively drive change;
Understand that empathy is the starting point for incorporating the ‘human touch’ in leadership;
Learn to stimulate curiosity, creativity and critical thinking within a continuously changing environment;
Strengthen your confidence in quickly adjusting and embracing changes;
Effectively implement change while at the same time preserve your passion for innovation.


During the 5 Modules you will be working individually as well as in a team setting in a live, interactive online classroom setting. This environment has been carefully constructed so as to allow you to gain a deeper understanding of our learning-by-doing­ method by directly implementing the various tools and techniques. Moreover, you will also recognize how to develop your Creative Leadership Skills for the future by performing hands-on exercises.

Our expert facilitators will carefully guide you in how to skillfully learn from each other while at the same time, highlight the unique knowledge and skill set of each individual participant. We will also challenge you to further develop, explore and reflect on your personal approach and skills in 5 concise and effective Modules. Approaches such as critical thinking in combination with various soft skills (i.e. creativity, empathy and social skills) will largely influence the context of this program. 

In addition, you will also develop a Personal Action Plan, to guide you in directly putting your new skills into practice.


The course consists of 5 carefully designed Modules that stimulate group work as well as individual work. Our Masterclasses, provided by experts in various fields, will provide you with more insights on the specific topic of the corresponding Module. 

We find it important that you feel comfortable, confident and motivated to work in co-creation within our online virtual classroom setting. Therefore, we have ensured to incorporate a brief onboarding session at the start of Module 1. Here, you will gain a deeper understanding of how to efficiently interact with Miro and Zoom while at the same time, ensure that you are all set to gain the most out of this course.

Module 1: Self reflection / Perception
Introduction to Future Leadership Skills
Purpose: Defining your personal Future Leadership skills
Tool: Iceberg
Takeaway: Describing the change you want to make within yourself towards becoming a Future Leader

Module 2: Clarity 
Effective communication in complex systems
Purpose: Gain hands-on experience with practicing various communication skills and managing expectations within your team.  
Tool: Systems Thinking
Takeaway: Understanding Systems Thinking and Dialogue Skills, focusing on guiding and leading teams.

Module 3: Empathy
Using empathic skills to lead teams
Purpose: Understanding and recognizing the changes necessary within your organization.
Tool: Change approaches 
Takeaway: Becoming more familiar with different change approaches and understanding the importance of empathizing with your team as well as your stakeholders. 

Module 4: Understanding
Challenging the status quo through critical thinking
Purpose: Challenging assumptions and managing risk-taking in an uncertain world
Tool: Starbursting
Takeaway: Using Critical Thinking to implement and challenge new ideas to assure that all relevant aspects have been considered.

Module 5: Creativity 
Leading in a creative way
Purpose: How to break patterns deliberately to incorporate creativity as a leader in working and communicating.
Tool: Foster a creative climate
Takeaway: How to strategically use creativity as a tool to evoke innovation.

Next step: 
First steps towards the future: Applying newly acquired knowledge
Purpose: Reflecting on your recently gained insights and learning from each other after completing the program.
Tool: Personal Action Plan
Takeaway: Put your Personal Action Plan into practice and become a Future Leader with the relevant skill set.

After completing the course and assignments you can celebrate your achievement of becoming a true Future Leader. All tools and materials will be available after the course for personal use. A certificate from DesignThinkers Academy will be awarded to participants who successfully complete the course, via an online ceremony.


This program has been carefully designed for the following profiles:
Managers seeking a deeper understanding of the necessary Future Leadership skills and who are willing to improve their working methods in team settings;
Professionals responsible for assembling high performing teams;
Individuals within the fields of HR, IT, Marketing with ambitions in learning new skills and implementing change approaches;
Entrepreneurs with a passion for incorporating empathy, flexibility and creativity in their day-to-day way of working.

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Thomas de Bresser: Is Senior Facilitator at DesignThinkers Academy Amsterdam and managing partner at DesignThinkers Agency. He has been working in the field of innovation, service design and business transformations for large organizations around the globe.

Adela Cristea: Is Co-founder and Senior Facilitator at DesignThinkers Academy Bucharest. She is an experienced business consultant teaching entrepreneurship and leadership within corporate environments.

Tim Schuurman: Is Co-owner and Senior Facilitator at DesignThinkers Academy Amsterdam. He has extensive experience in designing and implementing product/service concepts and has an MBA & MSc in Business and Financial Management.

The training course with top professionals from the Design Thinking field and the hands-on approach inspired my work as a human-centered design consultant. A wonderful experience

Alexander Faga, Swisscom

Our main objective is to provide you with hands-on tools that you can use immediately the next day in your working environment.

Besides the training program you will be handed out a toolkit, certificate and access to the DT Academy Network virtual environment.

The end result is aimed at a transformation of the participants, knowledge of tools and methods, a deep understanding of the value of design, and professional & personal growth.

About this Event

Length: 5 meet-ups of 2 hours & homework

Dates: Scroll down for more information regarding upcoming course dates or browse through our calendar

Online platforms: Miro & Zoom
Language: English
Max. participants: 10


Early Bird Ticket Price € 1.495,00

Regular Ticket Price € 1.595,00

Prices are excluding VAT.
Your ticket includes access and use of the online environments (Miro & Zoom) for the duration of the course. All tools and materials are also available after the course for personal use. A certificate from DesignThinkers Academy is awarded to participants who successfully complete the course. Discounts are available for teams signing up, Freelancers, Non-Profits and Government Organizations.

We charge 21% VAT to Dutch based companies, NGO’s and self-employed. We also charge 21% VAT to international companies, NGO’s and self-employed based in the European Union without a registered VAT number. If you are based outside the European Union we will not charge you with VAT. If you have any other questions regarding this online course or its ticketing, we kindly as that you contact us through e-mail.