Developing Leaders Since 2006
Turning Creative Minds into Great Creative Leaders
The Berlin School was founded in 2006 with the launch of the first Executive MBA program tailor-made for the creative industries. The school was formed by a group of executives from the creative industries who believed that creativity and leadership are key for any business to succeed and innovate. Today, as we witness global shifts in the way we do business, use technology, and communicate, this belief remains a core part of our school’s philosophy.
Our first MBA class kicked off in 2006 with a global group of participants from advertising, marketing, and media. Since then, our community has diversified enormously. Just as our DNA is built on applying creative solutions to all manner of complex business scenarios, our learning approach has evolved to cater to a cross-industry community. Every year, we open our doors to executives, consultants, entrepreneurs, and freelancers from new and diversifying fields such as technology, finance, retail, hospitality, and beyond.
As our community has grown, so have our learning ambitions. Since the launch of our Executive MBA, we have expanded our educational offering with a range of custom-programs, consulting partnerships, and workshops catering to individuals, organizations, and events.
The story of the school is in rooted our home-city of Berlin, with its rich cultural heritage, vibrant start-up culture, and unique history visible on the streets itself. From here, we are lucky to connect with our community in cities around the world and across many industries. To this day, we have opened up our global classroom to professionals from over 60 countries. Coming from a diverse spectrum of backgrounds and careers, they are brought together by a passion to set new standards in their organizations and their industries.
Built from Creative DNA
In evolving work environments, those who lead must bring not only imagination to challenges, but also the skillset to capitalize on opportunities. Creative business leaders have the ability to do both. As part of our school’s DNA, we harbour a deep understanding of business complexity and creative environments, and we apply this through our curriculum, taught by leading academic and industry experts. We enable professionals to adopt a full leadership skillset that allows them to lead on multiple levels at once, with the agility to respond to often conflicting contexts and challenges.
Our philosophy recognises six interrelated areas that are vital to developing authentic and impactful creative leadership, from leading self, business partners, people, enterprises, and products, right up to igniting change in markets and society. This thinking is applied through the Berlin School’s learning approach, The Creative Business Leadership Model©, which integrates a range of human and organizational learning skills needed to shape and drive successful creative business.