A transformative leadership development program for intrapreneurs and social innovators on the leading edge of change. Register below to learn how to apply for the next session.
Sept. 14th, 2021
Scholarships may be available upon request.
Learn essential moral leadership mindsets for your life and career.
Develop hard-edged skills to address problems in your organization and the world.
Tap into Acumen's 20 years of expertise to solve problems in real-time.
Build meaningful relationships with a cohort of like-minded innovators daring to lead.
The world is shifting rapidly and so are the paradigms and practices leveraged by a waning generation of reign holders. Staff, stakeholders, customers, and citizens are demanding a new type of leadership — one based not only on character, empathy, urgency, and purpose but the hard-edged skills necessary to reimagine systems, societies, and success.
The Leadership Essentials for Innovative Builders accelerator is a first of its kind leadership program that pulls together a set of tools that has inspired and driven a generation of Acumen Fellows at the forefront of systems and social change.
To be effective in today’s continuous cycle of market, system, and societal disruption, one must understand how to think differently, cross lines of difference, redefine success, adapt quickly, foster diversity, and lead while unapologetically prioritizing values and ethics.
Beyond what we can clearly see and feel happening around us, studies overwhelmingly show that the world is in the midst of a leadership crisis. While the new generation of leaders will represent 75% of the workforce in just 4 years, 63% of them report that their leadership skills are not being sufficiently developed, 55% of current CEOs agree. Additionally, 77% of employees rank ‘trust in leaders’ as the highest-ranked link to employee engagement — greater than organizational culture (73%) and opportunities for career growth (66%).
Serendipitously, understanding how to lead with character, ethics, and empathy isn’t only better for people and planet but — for those who need the nudge — it’s also a clear and proven competitive advantage in a global market where consumer bases and citizenry are demanding ‘more’ from companies, organizations, governments, and those who dare step up to lead.
IMPORTANT: This program will not focus on the more technical aspects of building a successful social innovation. Rather we focus on the hard-edged leadership skills that we’ve found to be an essential part of leading change.
I believe my confidence has boosted exponentially. Also I feel I have matured as a leader in the process of my journey with Acumen. I am able to see these changes in myself.
... now ... when tackling problems I don't just see the problems, I think about what life defining moments, cultures, conversations, etc. led these people to this problem.
This is a profound experience for me, not just as a leadership program, but as an overall human experience
You should expect to spend at least 6 hours per week dedicated to this program. The learning experience is fully online and includes weekly individual work, peer discussions, and facilitator-led full cohort synchronous sessions.
How are participants selected?
We are looking for participants who:
(1) are eager to reflect on and grow their leadership capabilities
(2) are excited about learning with and from peers
(3) are working to build a more just, inclusive, sustainable world
We will review applications on a rolling basis and invite finalists for a 30-minute phone interview.
From there, the final cohort will be announced and formed.
What is the tuition?
Tuition is $5000 per individual.
Scholarships of up to 50% may be available upon application based on the needs of the individual.
What if I can’t participate in this round?
We plan to offer the next session in 2022.
Sign up to receive information on the next session.
I thought Acumen Academy courses were free?
Whilst the overwhelming majority of Acumen Academy courses are free — thanks to the support of our partners and community — this leadership program requires small group participation, cohort building, workshopping, and deeper levels of facilitation and staff involvement. This level of support can’t be offered at scale as with our free courses that often have over 10,000 students.
We’ve recognized the need for a leadership program that bridges the gap between our open enrollment courses and our year long intensive Fellowship program. In response to that need, we are introducing this paid program.
If you are looking for one of our many free course offerings, you may visit our course catalog here.
What are the time requirements?
You should expect to spend at least 6 hours per week. The learning experience is fully online and includes facilitator led, peer-to-peer, and self-guided synchronous and asynchronous sessions.
Acumen Academy is the world’s school for social change. Our mission is to unleash a new generation of social innovators and leaders with the character and competence to build a more just, inclusive and sustainable world. Blending the best of online and offline learning, we offer anyone, anywhere access to the practical tools, practices, resources and supportive community they need to achieve positive social change. The Acumen Academy community represents a new generation of social innovators and leaders committed to doing what’s right in a world that loves easy.
Learn more at www.acumenacademy.org.