Date of Award
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
Educational Administration and Leadership
First Committee Member
Second Committee Member
The purpose of this study is to examine what happens when design thinking is used to create a leadership development program, increase leadership competencies, and participants perceptions of design thinking. This study uses action research to examine the experiences and design thinking to create a leadership program in a formal hierarchical. This study collected data during a two-cycle action research process. The findings from this study revealed that design thinking can be used to create a formal leadership development program. The ability to use design thinking’s human centered design can also help increase the leadership competencies of trust and collaborations. Additionally, despite early concerns participants enjoyed using design thinking in this study yet concerns remain about adopting it into core work. These findings have important implications for formal organizations exploring the ability to increase leadership development programs, leadership competencies, and organizational innovation.
Wedding, Jon Samuel. (2020). Designing leadership: Using design thinking to create, practices, and implement a formal leadership development program. University of the Pacific, Dissertation. https://scholarlycommons.pacific.edu/uop_etds/3663
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