IA40340 Leadership for Innovation and Creativity

Academic Year 2021/2022


This module introduces participants to the mindsets, skills and practical tools necessary to develop a creative leadership practice, one that cultivates a flourishing culture of creativity and innovation in the workplace.

To navigate challenges such as Brexit, rapid technological change, and shifting global complexity, today's leaders require the mindsets, skills and practical tools to seize opportunity and lead creative innovation in the workplace. The World Economic Forum’s The Future of Jobs Report 2018 asserts that human skills such as creativity, originality and initiative, critical thinking, persuasion, and negotiation will retain or increase their value. 1,500 CEOs, interviewed in face to face meetings for IBM’s fourth Global CEO Study, 'Capitalising on Complexity' cited 'creativity' as the most important leadership quality.

Leading for Creativity and Innovation is a new paradigm of leadership. This module offers an imaginatively designed, interactive learning experience which focuses on leadership for creativity and innovation in the workplace. Learners will explore their personal strengths, weaknesses, mindsets and values as a creative, innovative leader, working in any sector. They will learn how to apply design thinking principles to leading teams, driving forward a culture of experimentation, creative problem solving and idea generation. They will be introduced to the skills of holding the tension of ambiguity as part of leading an organisational innovation process, encouraging teams to take calculated risks. They will acquire the skills to strengthen capacity for self awareness , self reflection and resilience. They will practice customer empathy and team collaboration in problem solving challenges.

Participants will learn among a community of like minded people from all over Ireland. The Innovation Academy actively encourages professional friendships and the development of rich long term connections. We support the expansion of new innovation networks. Guests from the Innovation Academy’s extensive Leader Network will enhance the course experience, sharing real life insights and learnings from challenges. Learners will receive support from experienced Entrepreneurial Specialists who are practitioners in the skills and mindsets of creative, innovative leadership. It is expected that participants will experience career progression.

The Innovation Academy has 10 years’ experience of delivering inspiring innovation programmes for thousands of learners. Enrolment in an Innovation Academy module means a commitment to active participation and engagement. Learners need to bring a curious mind, an open-ness to creativity and innovation, and a willingness to experiment.

At the UCD Innovation Academy, we are a group of Educator Practitioners with extensive real-world experience as academics, educators, business and social entrepreneurs, tech thinkers, creative professionals and design thinking practitioners.

We take an action-oriented approach to learning, with a combination of individual, group and class tasks and activities, including discussions, presentations and reflection. All of our teaching is grounded in academic rigor, but our focus is on learning by doing in a real-world context.


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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion the learner should be able to:

• Develop insight into ways of unlocking creative, innovative leadership in self, teams and workplaces
• Implement the conditions for creativity and innovation to flourish in organisations
• Define and use skills to lead collaboration and iterative learning in an ambiguous or unpredictable environment, based on design thinking principles
• Deploy skills for influencing, negotiating and creative problem solving
• Utilise methods for strengthening emotional intelligence, empathy, self-awareness and self-reflection
• Confidently build a creative, innovative leadership practice in the world.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Small Group


Conversation Class






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Active/task-based learning
Peer and group work
Reflective learning
Enquiry & problem-based learning
Student presentations
Case Study Learning 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Reflection Report or a video or creative component equivalent Throughout the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes


Attendance: This module requires active participation and engagement, which necessitates attendance at ALL scheduled classes. (80% attendance is required to pass this component) Throughout the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes


Presentation: Online and Off-line Challenges and Exercises and Action-Learning Project Presentation Throughout the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback will be given to students upon request. This will include feedback based on their participation through out the module and their deliverables.

Name Role
Fiona Rowley Tutor