Leading for Innovation (Online Programme)

Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

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Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy


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About the course

A New Kind Of Programme

Leading For Innovation is not a traditional Leadership Development Programme: it’s a real Laboratory, focused on actual practice, not on elegant theories.

It is based on a whole new interpretation of how we learn and how we build new capacities through experience.

It is the result of ten years of experimentation and research on how to develop the necessary psychological resources to lead, innovate, impact teams and organisations in a different way—moving beyond prior patterns and embracing new ways of being-knowing-doing.

During this programme you won’t be a passive observer. You will work. You will lead. You will collaborate. You will process short lectures and apply their content to your current real-life challenges. You will reflect, explore, experiment, test, fail, struggle, learn.

A New Kind Of Leadership

Leading For Innovation has been conceived for leaders grappling with today’s complex, systemic, adaptive challenges.

It’s about the practice of a new kind of leadership: the leadership needed in these times of extreme uncertainty and new unthinkables.

It’s about the kind of leadership that is essential when innovation becomes essential.

The kind of leadership that is not based on the super-human capacity of an individual, on the accuracy or boldness of their vision, on the charisma demonstrated in the past. A different kind of leadership, that is about the creation of a social space that holds people while they are taking risks, experimenting and learning together. The kind of leadership that sees conflict as critical, and is focused on orchestrating it; that conceives diversity as an asset, and tries to leverage it; that considers collaboration as essential, and creates a structure for it.

This programme is for those who are seeking new ways to transform their organisation.


Leading For Innovation is about you.

During the programme you will focus on one of the challenges that your organisation/community is facing and that you are leading for.

Everything you will learn, every idea you will pick, every possibility that you will see will be applied to your real work, every day—during the programme, not after returning to your office.

Leading For Innovation will help you stretch your thinking and advance your doing. Develop a better capacity to deal with larger amounts of complexity and ambiguity. Change the way you interpret your role as a “social architect” inside your organisation, community, ecosystem. Shake your approach to leadership, innovation, collaboration, problem-solving, solution-design.


Leading For Innovation is a very intense, hyper-collaborative, extremely active experience.

You will be immersed in a five-day and three-month programme that blends together new perspectives and established approaches, bursts of content embedded in short lectures and plenty of demanding work in small groups, open debates and individual reflection. While working with the faculty and with your peers.

You will be pushed outside your comfort zone; explore the unusual practices of some of the most remarkable innovators-inventors-masters; experiment with new ways of working and collaborating; pause, breathe and reflect on the way you see and sense yourself and the world around you; make sense of your previous experiences and get ready to handle your next challenges, whatever they are today.


This programme is dedicated to any executive and senior manager who is dealing with critical challenges. This is the first requirement: are you dealing with a critical challenge?

The second requirement: at least ten years of experience in management roles. This programme is not ideal for people without sufficient experience in the life of organisations, and without the scars that one must necessarily develop while trying to lead and change them.

Government, corporate, non-profit sectors. Public servants, managers, executives. Bringing in challenges in the domains of organisational change, strategic planning, policy development. And their efforts to transform their ways of being-knowing-doing.


Francesco Mancini

Francesco Mancini is Associate Dean (Career Services and Student Life) and Visiting Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, as well as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SI...

Maurizio Travaglini

The practice Maurizio Travaglini co-founded in 2003--Architects of Group Genius--is focused on co-design, a topic that lies within the blurred boundaries of innovation, learning, change, and collaboration. In the past 10 years, Maurizio has designed and facilitated over 200 collaborative working ...

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