Stanford Leading Innovation Online Self Paced Course

Leading Innovation

Course Description

Do you have what it takes to inspire people to practice – rather than just talk about – innovation? This course digs into the difference between leading innovation and managing routine work and reviews the hallmarks of skilled leaders with a special focus on staying in tune with the people you lead.

Learn How To

Learn the difference between routine and innovative work, the importance of having a place to fail and why killing good ideas is sometimes necessary.

Gain an understanding of creative processes and understand why creative work must be managed differently.

Understand how self-fulfilling prophecies, money as a motivator, intrinsic rewards, stand-up meetings and fostering constructive conflict can improve or hinder team performance.

Reconsider traditional notions of leadership and discover the leader’s role in being assertive, celebrating small wins, and supporting team members.

Explore the traps that often prohibit implementation.


Robert Sutton – Standford University

Robert Sutton is Professor of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University. He co-founded the Stanford Technology Ventures Program and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (“”). He is a fellow at IDEO, senior scientist at Gallup and an advisor to McKinsey & Company. Sutton studies organizational change, leadership, innovation, and workplace dynamics. He has published over 150 articles and chapters and written seven books. Sutton’s latest book is The Asshole Survival Guide: How to Deal With People Who Treat You Like Dirt. His website is and he tweets from @work_matters.

Course Modules

This module provides an overview of the course.

Featuring interviews with Mauria Finley, Perry Klebahn, and Diego Rodriguez

This module includes an introduction to some of the key topics discussed throughout the course, and the importance of creativity, implementation, and goal setting. The module will assist you in understanding both the creative process, and why creative work must be managed differently. Learnings include the differences between routine vs. innovative work, having a place for failing, and the importance of killing good ideas.


  • Exercise 2.1: A Self-Reflection
  • Exercise 2.2: Your Personal Intersection
  • Exercise 2.3: Your Favorite Mistake

Featuring interviews with Mauria Finley, Perry Klebahn, and Diego Rodriguez

Where is a leader’s place in his or her team? What is his or her role? This module will encourage you to reconsider traditional notions of leadership, in place of new perspectives. Topics discussed in this unit include being in tune as a leader, assertiveness, small wins, and supporting your team members.


  • Exercise 3.1: Clueless Leader
  • Exercise 3.2: Leader Assertiveness
  • Exercise 3.3: Honing an Aspect of Your Leadership Strategy
  • Exercise 3.4: When to Protect Your People

Featuring interviews with Perry Klebahn and Diego Rodriguez

This module builds upon the fundamentals for leading creative teams to yield optimal results. This segment is divided into two parts. The first part is devoted to building the ideal team, and the second part explains several strategies to consider when running the team (including discussion of self-fulfilling prophecies, money as a motivator, intrinsic rewards, stand-up meetings, and fostering constructive conflict).


  • Exercise 4.1: Improving Collaboration
  • Exercise 4.2: Using Ignorance to Spark Innovation
  • Exercise 4.3: Instilling Creative Confidence
  • Exercise 4.4: On the Folly of Rewarding “A” while Hoping for “B”
  • Exercise 4.5: Intrinsic Rewards
  • Exercise 4.6: Try a Stand-up Meeting
  • Exercise 4.7: Fighting a Good Fight

Featuring interviews with Mauria Finley and Perry Klebahn

This module explores the traps that often prohibit implementation. The main ideas covered throughout the course are also summarized.


  • Exercise 5.1: Deep Dive at IDEO

Course Delivery

  • Online and Self-paced

Course Materials

  • Course materials include online video lectures, readings, exercises, and written assignments

Course Access

  • You will have 60-day access to the online materials.This course will take roughly 10-12 hours to complete.

Final Exam

  • You must pass a short multiple-choice exam to complete the course.

Course Requirements

Please watch all course videos and complete all course assignments.

Successful completion of the assignments, final examination and course evaluation are required to complete this course. The final exam and evaluation links in the “Final Steps” section of the learning platform will unlock after you have completed all of the other course activities.

The exam consists of multiple choice questions and is done online. You may attempt the final exam multiple times. A score of 85% is required to successfully pass the exam. Once you have passed the examination and completed the evaluation, a digital Record of Completion will be emailed to you within 3 business days.

Programme Fee

Course Duration

60 Days

Total Programme Fees

Rs. 58,200/-


Leading Innovation Programme

Programme Fee

Application Fee (Incl Taxes) INR 2,500/-
Program Fees *INR 2,10,000/-
Books, Study Materials and Campus Fees *INR 40,000/-
Total Fee (exclusive of Application Fee) *INR 2,50,000/-
*Taxes as Applicable

Course Fee Installment Schedule

5th May, 2018 1st August,2018 1st Nov, 2018 1st Feb, 2019 1st May, 2019
*INR 45,000/- *INR 40,000/- *INR 55,000/- *INR 55,000/- *INR 55,000/-
 *Taxes as applicable