Course Description

4-Month Creative Leadership Program


The Creative Leadership Program by the Design Thinkers Academy is a hybrid program in leadership and strategic design. The program is connecting the future change-makers for commoning, co-creating, co-working, and sensemaking together. The program provides a creative platform both for personal growth and professional connections. The program covers 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 human-machine collaboration 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 organization. You will become aware of your influence and impact not only regarding this organizational 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 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 and one meeting you will be traveling to Africa. All onsite classes are lead by: Anne Stenros (head of Faculty), David Kester and Arne van Oosterom 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 & personal coaching to help apply what you learn during the program directly in you everyday life & work.

Group Project:

Besides your personal project you will also 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 4 months of the program.

Online Coaching sessions:

Apart from the onsite classes, homework and group project we will run two online meeting moments each month (with your group as well as a personal coaching session). During the online sessions a coach 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 enrollment 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 posible next steps.
Are you interested in the program? For more information, 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. Our DT professionals can come over to you, we are represented in over 25 countries, or you are most welcome to join us at our DT Academy Studio in Amsterdam. Please reach out to us for more information.


About this Event

Location: DesignThinkers Academy; Nieuwe Leliestraat 1015 SH, Amsterdam

Data: The first meeting will start on the 21st. of November
Language: English
Max. participants: 15


Program Ticket price: € 10.000,-

Not included: Travel costs and accommodation

Your ticket includes a daily healthy and delicious lunch plus snacks and beverages throughout the day. 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

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