Creativity and the Craft of Leadership

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Program Information


"He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist." –Francis of Assisi

Leadership is about taking initiative, which is—in every sense—a creative act. To excel at any creative act, you must work to master your craft. The craft of leadership is working with other humans to create new realities. The journey to mastery involves learning skills common to all leaders while perfecting practices that allow you to enact those skills in your own way. This involves being creative in the ways you engage others, and mindful of how you attain your goals.

Creativity and the Craft of Leadership presents a cohesive set of practices that support participants to improve their leadership craft through the release of their own creativity. Being present and aware in all situations, observing and engaging with intent, and understanding the relationships between your actions and those of others are all practices that enable leaders to anticipate, prepare for, and navigate our complex world.

What does the program offer?

  • Learn reflective practice in action—the skill of continuously improving the quality of your engagement with other people
  • Learn and experience the practices central to the “craft” of leading
  • Discover principles of creativity—how to stay connected to your senses and suspend judgement
  • Uncover and discover ways to unlearn your own habits to master the craft of human interaction
  • Explore modes of interaction that are more effective, ethical, and beautiful
  • Experiment with effective ways of seeking insights and practical feedback from others 
  • Advance your leadership work as a creative process

Who should apply?

This program is ideal for individuals who aspire to gain mastery in their leadership craft. It is for those who are motivated to not only to overcome what is preventing them from being more creative in their own leadership work but also to develop beautiful and ethical ways of engaging with others. 

The program is designed for leaders who wish to complement their rational-analytic skills with reflective practices and aesthetic sensibilities to propel them in their journey. It is open to individuals from across corporate, cultural, community, government, philanthropic and social innovation sectors, and the cohort is likely to have a blend of each.

About Banff Centre Leadership Programs

Banff Centre Leadership programs integrate the power of the arts, the wisdom of Indigenous practice, and the extraordinary beauty of Banff National Park to prepare and empower the next generation of Canadian leaders.

Programs help participants bring creative and reflective approaches to a rapidly changing world, and connect leaders with others who share their commitment to positive change in Canadian Indigenous communities, businesses, non-profit organizations, cultural institutions, and government.


What's Included

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All Leadership participants who choose the Accommodation and Meal Package are provided private rooms with ensuite washrooms in one of our two onsite hotels, the Professional Development Centre or Lloyd Hall. Room upgrades may be available upon request at an additional cost.

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If you choose the Accommodation and Meal Package, all of your meals from the start to the end of your program are included; most of your meals will be at Vistas Dining Room, but there may be some special dining events scheduled as well. Please also feel free to visit the Maclab BistroLe CaféThree Ravens Restaurant and Wine Bar, but note that these outlets are not included in your meal plan, and thus will be at additional cost.

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The Paul D. Fleck Library & Archives is located on the second floor of the Kinnear Centre, and provides access to great books, media, and work space.

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The Sally Borden Fitness and Recreation Centre is located in the lower floor of the Sally Borden Building, and provides all guests with access to our swimming pool, hot tub, steam room, climbing gym, fitness centre, spin studio, and gymnasium. Massage and physiotherapy appointments may also be booked ahead of time.

Fees & Financial Assistance

$4 950.00
Meals & Accommodation Package
$1 048.00

Additional nights' accommodation may be available; please contact us for details.

The above fees do not include applicable taxes, such as GST, the Alberta Tourism Levy, and the Tourism Improvement Fee as needed.

Group Savings

Enroll four members of your organization or community in a program and your fifth member will receive a free tuition. Special restrictions may apply.

Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance may be available to subsidize some of the costs to attend your program.

Funding opportunities

Call our toll-free number for more details at 1.888.255.6327

How to Apply

All programs, faculty, dates, fees, and offers of financial assistance are subject to change. Program fee is subject to applicable taxes. Non-refundable fees and deposits will be retained upon cancellation. Any other fees are refunded at the discretion of the Banff Centre. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.