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 professionals of all levels, into Future Leaders. This will be achieved within 5 individual Modules, which will be facilitated by highly experienced Professional Coaches from DesignThinkers Academy. Additionally, we will actively guide you in designing your Personal Action Plan equipping you to effectively implement Future 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.

"In 20 years of career I have done at least 15 courses on soft skills, but the Online Course of DTA stands out as the best."

Javier Sanchez Millan, Banque Pictet & Cie SA


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 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 Future Leadership Skills by performing hands-on exercises.

Our expert facilitators will guide you in how to develop team building skills 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 (e.g. creativity, empathy and communication 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.

To ensure that you feel comfortable, confident and motivated to work in co-creation within our online virtual classroom setting we have incorporated a brief onboarding session at the start of Module 1 to gain a deeper understanding of how to efficiently interact with Miro and Zoom.

Module 1: Perception
Introduction to Future Leadership Skills
Purpose: Defining your personal Future Leadership skills.
Tool: Resistance to Change Challenge
Key Skills: Understanding the Critical Skills necessary for describing the change you want to make within yourself towards becoming a Future Leader: perception, resistance and self-reflection.

Module 2: Communication   
Effective communication in complex systems
Purpose: Gain hands-on experience with practicing various communication skills and managing expectations within your team.
Tool: Communication with Generation Y and Z Toolbox
Key Skills: Understanding the communication patterns of the new generations and developing the ability to adjust your communication skills. Focus on leading and communicating with virtual teams and communication with Generation Y and Z.

Module 3: Empathy
Using empathic skills to lead teams
Purpose: Developing the ability to lead teams in an empathic way, by understanding and valuing the other’s perspectives.
Tool: The Emotional Intelligence Grid  
Key Skills: Understanding the importance of empathy in a world where people will be overwhelmed by technology. Understanding the difference between cognitive and affective empathy, and the importance of empathizing with your team.

Module 4: Critical Thinking
Developing a constructive approach to Critical Thinking, by reflecting on assumptions and beliefs and recognising what we tend to assume
Purpose: Challenging assumptions and managing risk-taking in an uncertain world.
Tool: Starbursting
Key Skills: Understanding how Managers & Future Leaders, who are constructive Critical Thinkers, can effectively engage in problem solving, being both detail-oriented and open-minded.

Module 5: Creativity 
Leading in a creative way
Purpose: How to break patterns deliberately to incorporate creativity as a Manager of Future generations.  
Tool: Foster a creative climate
Key Skills: How to strategically use creativity as a tool to evoke innovation. How to spark your creativity and also how to cultivate it within your team.

Personal Action Plan: 
Applying newly acquired knowledge. After completion of the 5-Modules program a follow-up coaching call will be scheduled to reflect on your recently gained insights and learn from your fellow participants. 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.

"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


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

Tim Schuurman: is Senior Partner and a highly experienced practitioner of DesignThinkers. He is motivated, energetic and a real team player with a background in business consulting. Tim has extensive experience in facilitating Design Thinking within global environments, guiding capability building & implementing innovation strategy frameworks.

Thomas de Bresser: is Managing Director of DT Agency and has been part of DesignThinkers for over 5 years. Thomas is one of our main experts taking pride in guiding you through a structured design approach and establish a new way of working to sustain innovation.

Alwin Put: is founder of DesignThinkers Belgium and an experienced facilitator across the Benelux. He has years of experience in corporate environments and hospitality industry.

Jeroen van der Weide: facilitating teams and designing creative processes and brainstorm sessions. He has a MA in Dutch Theatre, Film & Communications.

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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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 Modules of 2 hours, homework & Personal Action Plan follow-up coaching call

Dates: Look at ‘choose your location’ on the right for more information regarding upcoming course dates or browse our calendar

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


Early Bird Ticket Price € 1.495,00

Regular Ticket Price € 1.595,00


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. If you have any other questions regarding this course or its ticketing, drop us a line at bucharest@designthinkersacademy.com

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