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Innovation Leadership

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In the 21st century, there are millions of innovators but few authentic innovation leaders able to inspire and guide innovators and their teams to create breakthrough products with their innovative ideas. In this original course, Innovation Leadership, you'll learn how to become an innovation leader. The essential elements of knowing yourself and your unique leadership gifts, your motivations, and the purpose of your leadership will be covered, along with personal stories of exceptional innovation leaders, concepts, exercises, tools and practical tips to help you become an exceptional innovation leader. Innovation Leadership is organized to focus on three modules, each including videos describing essential elements of innovation leaders, illustrating them with personal examples from innovation leaders, readings from Discover Your True North, illustrative charts, exercises, reflection essays, and discussion topics.

What You Will Learn

  • Why innovation leaders are so scarce and essential for growth
  • How to understand yourself through your life story
  • Crucibles of Leaders
  • The “sweet spot” for your innovation leadership, discovering your purpose and how to empower innovators

How You Will Benefit

  • Develop self-awareness.
  • Transform from innovator to innovation leader.

Course Syllabus

Module I: Your Personal Journey to Innovation Leadership. The course begins with the introduction before moving into:

  • Your Leadership Journey
  • Losing Your Way
  • Crucibles of Leadership
  • Self-Awareness

Stories of leaders included in this module include Wendy Kopp, founder of Teach For America; Howard Schultz, founder of Starbucks; Ian Chan, founder of U.S. Genomics; Mike Baker of Arthrocare; Daniel Vasella, MD, former Chair & CEO of Novartis; Pedro Algorta of “Alive,” survivor of Andes Mountains crash; and Steve Jobs of Apple.

Module II: Developing as an Innovation Leader. In this module you will go through essential elements of developing as an innovation leader:

  • Transformation from Innovator to Innovation Leadership: the “I to We” Journey
  • Innovating with Values
  • Finding your innovation “Sweet Spot”
  • Building Support Teams
  • Integrated Life

The stories of innovation leaders include Nelson Mandala, president of South Africa; Disney CEO Bob Iger; Narayana Murthy, founder of Infosys; IBM CEO Sam Palmisano; Warren Buffett, founder of Berkshire Hathaway; Kevin Sharer of Amgen; Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook; Facebook president Sheryl Sandberg; eBay CEO John Donahoe.

Module III: Innovation Leaders in Organizations. The concluding module focuses on:

  • Innovating with Purpose
  • Empowering Innovators
  • Your Style as Innovation Leader
  • Innovating for Global Impact
  • How Innovators Create Shared Value

Who should attend

This course is designed for anyone interested in becoming an innovation leader.


Bill George is senior fellow at Harvard Business School, where he has taught leadership since 2004. He is the author of four best-selling books: 7 Lessons for Leading in Crisis, True North, Finding Your True North, and Authentic Leadership, as well True North Groups. His newest book, Discover You...

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