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Foundations in Creative Leadership Certificate

Build the foundational skills and mindsets to lead teams for creativity and collaboration

Learn the foundations of a leadership style that values creativity and collaboration to generate, embrace, and execute on new ideas. Develop the leadership skills to engage and motivate others, especially when the path forward is unclear.

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Why Creative Leadership?

Solving the complex challenges we face today requires a contemporary approach to leadership. In a rapidly changing world, to navigate the unknown and create groundbreaking, innovative solutions, leaders need to create the conditions for new kinds of collaboration across a diversity of perspectives.

Creative leaders think differently about how to motivate and engage people, tapping into valuable soft skills like empathic awareness to nurture individual strengths and encourage creative problem solving. They turn today's dynamic conditions — ambiguity, risk, vulnerability — into growth opportunities. Whether you're a project leader, new manager, or experienced business lead, prepare to guide the workforce of tomorrow by building the mindsets of a modern leader.

Foundations in Creative Leadership Certificate

To earn your Foundations in Creative Leadership Certificate, complete Leading for Creativity, Storytelling for Influence, and Cultivating Creative Collaboration. Refer to our class and course calendar for enrollment dates.


5-WEEK COURSE
Leading for Creativity

In this course, you'll learn how to guide teams into the unknown through the process of experimentation, break down a bold vision into actionable challenges, and make adjustments to culture by designing rituals to encourage beliefs and behaviors that support creativity.

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$599

 

 

Course Instructors

Course Overview

Introduction
Explore how a curious mindset can help you challenge assumptions, inspire others, and unlock creativity.

Leading with a Strong Point of View
Set a new course for your team or organization by crafting a well-framed challenge.

Leading through Culture
Design rituals that reinforce the beliefs and behaviors of creative teams and organizations.

Leading Alongside
Stay present and engaged with the work of your team as they experiment with innovative ideas.


5-WEEK COURSE
Storytelling for Influence

In this course, you'll create a story brief to identify your key stakeholders, their needs, and your big idea; explore different mediums for telling your story and create multiple versions to gather feedback from others; and work on tone, style, and timing to better engage your audience.

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$399

 

 

Course Instructors

Course Overview

Introduction
Learn about the science of storytelling and choose your story theme.

Develop Your Blueprint
Identify your key stakeholders, their needs, and your big idea.

Build Storytelling Prototypes
Get your story out of your head and into the hands (and minds) of others for feedback.

Design for Impact
Develop your tone, style, and timing to better engage your audience.


5-WEEK COURSE
Cultivating Creative Collaboration

In this course, you'll gain the skills and frameworks you need to foster creative collaboration and unleash the potential of a team. You'll learn IDEO’s methods for guiding others through uncertainty, encouraging them to forge ahead into new territory by intentionally designing for moments where ideas can be shared, built on, and evaluated in a safe space.

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$499

 

 

Course Instructors

Course Overview

Introduction
Learn how creative collaboration harnesses the power of diverse perspectives and creative thinking to develop innovative solutions.

Build a Foundation
Create a culture of belonging and maintain the team dynamic through a set of agreements.

Choreograph the Work
Set the conditions for creative thinking with an intentionally designed creative process.

Tackle the Hard Stuff
Embrace tension and constructive feedback as an opportunity to unlock new ideas.

Pass It On
Empower others to grow their own skills and spread the energy of creative collaboration.


IDEO PRACTITIONERS & CASE STUDIES
Learn from IDEO CEO Tim Brown and experienced IDEO practitioners, and see case studies from IDEO's 40+ years of work with innovative global organizations.
ONLINE LEARNING
Self-paced courses with video lessons and recommended deadlines for assignments.
GLOBAL COMMUNITY
Connect with other leaders in your in-course community and receive guidance from the IDEO U teaching team.
ACTIVITY WORKBOOK & CERTIFICATE
Receive downloadable toolkits, activity workbooks, and a certificate of completion to add to your resume or share on social networks.

What You'll Learn

  • Establish the core competencies of a creative leader, and gain the confidence to apply these techniques to your own work.
  • Learn tools to lead through ambiguity with high levels of curiosity and collaboration, using experimentation to move forward, and maintaining momentum by clearing roadblocks and inspiring your team.
  • Explore creative leadership approaches and learn how to select and apply the most effective style for different scenarios.
  • Learn how to craft a compelling narrative, inspire others to follow your lead, and connect with diverse audiences through the art of storytelling.
  • Develop the ability to create psychological safety and creative space for a team, enabling each individual to share diversity of perspectives.
  • Practice the creative problem-solving methodology of design thinking within the context of leading teams for creativity and collaboration.

FAQ

Click the questions below for more information. If you don't find what you're looking for, email us at hello@ideou.com.

Is this certificate for creative professionals only, or open to those in other fields?

This certificate is intended for professionals in all fields and is not in any way limited to those in creative fields. While it may appeal to creative professionals, leaders across diverse fields (from engineering, to marketing, to product, and far beyond) who are collaborating more heavily with creative or design teams and leveraging innovative or creative approaches find creative leadership skills useful. The certificate is intended to help anyone build the central skills and mindsets to lead for creativity and collaboration.

What level of leader is this certificate suited for? Do I need a certain amount of experience to be qualified for the Foundations in Creative Leadership Certificate?

This course was designed for people who lead from wherever they sit and are seeking tools to foster collaboration amongst a variety of perspectives. Whether you're a project leader, new manager, influencing across peers or an experienced business lead, you'll find value in this course. It is for anyone leading a body of work, whether it be a program, project, or large initiative whether they have formal authority or not.

How does creative leadership differ from other forms of leadership?

Creative leaders think differently about how to motivate and engage people, tapping into valuable soft skills like empathic awareness to nurture individual strengths and encourage creative problem solving. They turn today's dynamic conditions - ambiguity, risk, vulnerability - into growth opportunities.

How is the Foundations in Creative Leadership Certificate different from the Foundations in Design Thinking Certificate?

The Foundations in Design Thinking Certificate helps learners gain a practical understanding of the design thinking approach by completing the Insights for Innovation and From Ideas to Action courses. The Foundations in Creative Leadership Certificate provides learners the opportunity to build the central skills and mindsets to lead for creativity and collaboration, by completing Leading for Creativity, Storytelling for Influence, and Cultivating Creative Collaboration. These courses focus more on influencing, guiding and leading others.

If I take Storytelling for Influence, does this apply to both my Foundations in Creative Leadership Certificate and my Advanced Design Thinking Certificate?

Yes, the successful completion of Storytelling for Influence will apply to both certificates.

If I've taken the Foundations in Design Thinking Certificate, can I earn the Foundations in Creative Leadership certificate as well?

Yes, you may certainly pursue the Foundations in Creative Leadership Certificate in addition to the Foundations in Design Thinking Certificate. Each certificate program has a different focus area, so you're encouraged to pursue as many as you're interested in.

Will you offer an advanced version of the Creative Leadership certificate?

We do not offer an advanced version of the Foundations in Creative Leadership Certificate at this time, but we are continuing to build out our offerings and may in the future.

Can I shift to this certificate if I've already started another one?

Yes, you can choose to complete the Foundations in Creative Leadership Certificate while working towards another certificate at the same time. To earn the Foundations in Creative Leadership Certificate, you must successfully complete Leading for Creativity, Storytelling for Influence, and Cultivating Creative Collaboration.

Should I finish all of the Design Thinking certificates before starting on the Foundations in Creative Leadership certificate?

There are no prerequisites to pursue the Foundations in Creative Leadership Certificate and it is not necessary to have completed any other certificate program prior to beginning this one.

Will I learn from Tim Brown?

Tim Brown is the instructor for Leading for Creativity, one of the course requirements for the Foundations in Creative Leadership Certificate. Tim collaborated very closely with IDEO U to create his course. This content is only available via IDEO U. All modules will include lessons from him in pre-recorded video format.

Will this certificate allow me to connect with other leaders?

Yes, both courses required for the Foundations in Creative Leadership Certificate have a built-in community component that allows for discussions and assignment feedback with your peers. You will have the opportunity to connect with a global network of creative leaders in a multitude of fields. Many learners comment that the community of like-minded people is one of the best parts of their learning experience at IDEO U.

Will the Foundations in Creative Leadership courses be offered later in the year?

Yes, all courses will be offered at various times throughout the year. To view current and future dates, please visit our course calendar.

What if I'm not a leader yet — am I still eligible to pursue the Foundations in Creative Leadership certificate?

Through this certificate, you'll develop the skills and mindsets of a creative leader—essential skills to hone in preparation for a leadership role—even if you don't consider yourself a leader already. We believe in leadership in the broadest sense, not limited to positions of formal title, authority and influence.

How does the Foundations in Creative Leadership certificate differ from other leadership certificates?

Solving the complex challenges we face today requires a contemporary approach to leadership. As the pace of disruption increases, the world needs more leaders who can generate, embrace and execute on new ideas, even when the path is unclear. IDEO's approach to leadership focuses on leading teams for creativity and collaboration, skills that today's leaders are citing as central to business success. The format of the IDEO U learning experience is tailored to the needs of the modern professional, with online videos you can watch at your own pace, case studies from IDEO, a community of like-minded learners to push your thinking and give feedback, and the opportunity to apply lessons to your own work through in-course assignments.

In what order should I take the course requirements for the Foundations in Creative Leadership Certificate?

The courses within the Foundations in Creative Leadership Certificate are designed to be taken in any order, though beginning with Leading for Creativity will provide a good foundation.

In Leading for Creativity, you'll learn how to guide teams into the unknown through the process of experimentation, break down a bold vision into actionable challenges, and make adjustments to culture by designing rituals to encourage beliefs and behaviors that support creativity. In Cultivating Creative Collaboration, you'll learn to harness the power of diverse perspectives, foster psychological safety, and embrace tension to unleash creative thinking and push past the obvious, safe solutions to the truly innovative ones.

Do I need to take the Foundations in Creative Leadership Certificate requirements within a specific time frame?

You do not need to take the courses within a specific time frame, however we do recommend taking the courses one at a time for the optimal learning experience. You may space the courses apart depending on the timing and scheduling that works best for you.

If I've already taken one or a more of these courses, will they apply toward my Foundations in Creative Leadership certificate of completion?

Yes! The certificate requires that you take both courses listed. If you've already taken one of them separately, it will count towards your Foundations in Creative Leadership certificate of completion.

Will I still get a certificate of completion for each individual course and class?

Yes, you will receive a certificate of completion for each course successfully completed. You will also receive a Foundations in Creative Leadership certificate of completion upon successful completion of requirements.

When will I receive my Foundations in Creative Leadership certificate of completion?

You'll receive your Foundations in Creative Leadership Certificate via email as a downloadable PDF within 1-2 weeks of completing the final required course. Certificates are also configured for uploading and sharing on LinkedIn.

How do I enroll my team to earn their Foundations in Creative Leadership Certificate?

To enroll your team in the Foundations in Creative Leadership Certificate, add each individual course to your cart, and adjust the number of seats within your cart prior to checkout. From there, you may assign the purchased seats post-purchase by logging into your account and following these instructions.

Do I have to enroll in all courses at once or can I purchase one by one?

You may purchase one by one, or you may purchase multiple courses and classes at the same time.