Course Description

This online course is 36 learning hours over twelve weeks, including 7.5 hours of live online sessions. It is recommended that students spend a minimum of 3 hours each week on coursework. Students may choose to complete more hours of work on the course in order to explore the content in more depth. 

A fun, interactive course that will tap into the aspects of our lives that allow the best in us to shine. This course will help leaders navigate that maze inward to their vulnerable selves, expose their creative and innovative brilliance, and project it outward.

Course Outline

  • Module 1: Unpacking Creativity
  • Module 2: Developing the Skills for Effective Creativity 
  • Module 3: Unpacking Innovation 
  • Module 4: Demonstrating Creativity and Innovation 
  • Module 5: Transitioning Through Fear 
  • Module 6: Working Through Fear & Building Trust 
  • Module 7: Making Sound Decisions
  • Module 8: Unlocking Emotional Intelligence for Increased Innovation
  • Module 9: Analyzing Organizational Culture
  • Module 10: Creating Space for Creativity and Innovation
  • Module 11: Preparing for Failure
  • Module 12: Building Equity + Democratizing Justice = Unlocking Creativity

What You Will Learn

This course will focus on how to foster creativity and innovation within oneself, within teams, and within an organization. Students will:

  • Learn methods to declutter their thinking to produce fresh, creative thoughts
  • Unlock innovative ideas in themselves and their teams
  • Critically evaluate their own and the creativity of others
  • Approach challenges and problems with an understanding of different types of creativity and innovation
  • Identify different types of culture and how culture impedes or promotes creativity and innovation


This course provides learners with the opportunity to earn a microcredential. A microcredential is evidence of a skill or competency that is employment related. Dalhousie microcredentials are developed in collaboration with employers, industries, and/or organizations that relate to the content. A microcredential can be displayed on social media pages, digital resumes, personal webpages, and in email signatures. To earn the microcredential in this course, learners will need to successfully complete a competency-based assessment.

Learn more about this Leadership microcredential on our website.


The Faculty of OLCD recommends an intermediate level of English language proficiency for the most effective learning and participation in our online and face-to-face courses. A list of minimum recommended scores on some common English tests can be found on our website. If you have questions about your English language proficiency and ability to succeed in this course, please contact openlearning@dal.ca.


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Recommended For

This course is recommended for:

  • Aspiring, new, or current leaders who need to think critically and solve problems in rapidly changing, high-stakes situations and contexts.
  • Current leaders who are looking to expand their ability to innovate and think creatively in situations in which the information is incomplete or changing quickly.
  • Current leaders or managers who would like a refresher on how to think and act collaboratively and from a place of empathy and compassion in the high-pressure complexity of today’s situations.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Section Title
Creativity and Innovation for Leaders
Online - Self-Paced
Sep 06, 2024 to Nov 29, 2024
Online - Scheduled
7:00PM to 8:30PM
Sep 19, 2024 to Nov 14, 2024
Schedule and Location
Total Learning Hours
  • Online Campus - Atlantic Time
Instruction Delivery Method(s)
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $1,095.00
Required Software
A webcam and microphone will be required for the live sessions.
Reading List / Textbook

There are no required textbooks to be purchased for this course. All readings will be available within the course platform.

Section Notes

This course has scheduled written assignments and discussions within the term time frame. There will also be 5 facilitated online sessions - click on View Details for dates. *Please note: Live session dates may be subject to change based on instructor schedule.* Attendance at live sessions is required to obtain the full participation grade for the course.

The course site will be open at 4:00 PM Atlantic Time on the course start date.

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