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Disruptive Leadership: Fostering a Culture of Game-Changing Innovation

Disruptive Leadership: Fostering a Culture of Game-Changing Innovation


NYU Stern School of Business
44 West 4th Street
New York, NY 10012

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Disruptive Leadership: Fostering a Culture of Game-Changing Innovation


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What does it take to be a disruptive leader? Do you need to be a brilliant agitator like Steve Jobs? A driven workaholic with a passion to change the world like Tesla’s Elon Musk? There’s more to success than being loud and charismatic; truly disruptive leaders are like Master Chefs on a cooking show, always looking for ways to take existing ingredients—the same ones everyone else has access to—and combine them in unique ways. 

This program is intended for participants who want to create a culture that values and encourages new ideas. Participants will learn to rethink the habits that have made them successful in the past, and challenge the conventional wisdom and industry models that have defined their business. To achieve these objectives, the program combines presentations and discussion with practical exercises where participants apply disruptive leadership principles to business issues and scenarios.

Certificates and Credits

Upon completion of this course, participants will receive a Certificate of Achievement. This program is also eligible for Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits through NASBA.

Program Takeaways

During this course, participants will:

  • Innovation

    Understand the need for disruptive innovation in a business and industry
  • Influence

    Build and lead disruptive teams with the potential for great impact and influence
  • Inspiration

    Pitch disruptive ideas that create traction in the organization with stakeholders

Who Should Attend

Although there are no formal education or background requirements, this course is designed for executives who meet the criteria below. While we strongly encourage global participation, please note that all courses are taught in English. Proficiency in written and spoken English is required.

  • Years of Experience

    This course is designed for professionals with 5+ years of work experience
  • Job Functions

    Professionals who manage other people or teams and/or who have significant leadership responsibilities
  • Prerequisites

    This course is designed for individuals who wish to reinvigorate their leadership style to promote a culture of innovation


The following agenda is a sample and subject to change.

8:30 am - 9:00 am: Breakfast
Session 1: Ideas as Recipes for Generating New Value and Wealth
  • Introduction to understanding the value of ideas and innovation
  • Applying disruptive leadership to innovation challenges
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm: Lunch
Session 2: Provoking Organizational Processes and Behaviors with Disruptive Hypotheses
  • Identifying the assumptions and conventions that influence the way producers and consumers think about your business
  • How to break through the boundaries of your industry situation
  • Generating deliberately unreasonable "what if" questions
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm: Networking Reception

8:30 am - 9:00 am: Breakfast
Session 3: Building and Leading Disruptive Teams
  • From command and control to connect and collaborate
  • The importance of innovation leadership
  • Building and leading disruptive teams
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm: Lunch
Session 4: Pitching Disruptive Ideas to the Organization and External Stakeholders
  • Establishing the inadequacy of the status quo
  • Delivering unexpected insights and opportunities to foster curiosity
  • Building belief in the value an idea delivers
5:00 pm - 5:30 pm: Program Conclusion and Evaluations