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Skills Module

Change is closely linked to the people who work for it. LEAD India believes that investing in people can affect change at all levels. LEAD India’s skills modules are customised to help develop skills in stakeholder engagement, team building and relationship building that can trigger positive change. These modules are developed for individual capacity building, project-based team or organisational building. Each module is internationally tested and intricately curated with the LEAD approach depending on the core objective and requirement.

  1. Appreciate inquiry
  2. Systems thinking
  3. Adaptive leadership
  4. Systematization 

Appreciate inquiry

Appreciative Inquiry suggests that we look for, and focus on, “what works well” in an organization. Just like we find problems, when we look for successes, we can find those, too. By building on successes, we already know what works, and we need to learn how to build upon those successes for the future.

It is a positive approach to change which assumes that the inquiry into and dialogue about strengths, successes, values, hopes, and dreams are transformational. This capacity-building process values the organization, Board, staff, and stakeholders by building on strengths rather than trying to eliminate weaknesses. The act of recognizing and valuing the best in people and organizations, affirming strengths and potential, and identifying what gives Boards, staff, and organizations life and meaning.

Systems thinking

An organization like any other system is complex in nature. Most problems people face in leadership positions within organizations have so many contributing factors, implications, and consequences. Applying one-dimensional solutions only creates a whole new set of unforeseen difficulties. That’s where Systems thinking approach to organizational practices become utmost important. 

It recognizes the interconnections among the parts of a system and synthesizing them into a unified view of the whole. Systems Thinking frameworks and tools provide a means of understanding the relationship between the structure of a system and the behaviour that a system demonstrates. Leaders can use systems thinking to fully appreciate, model, and resolve complex business issues, without triggering or minimizing unforeseen consequences.

Adaptive leadership

Adaptive Leadership is a practical leadership framework that helps individuals and organisations adapt and thrive in challenging environments and make progress on daunting or stuck, complex challenges. Originally developed by Ronald Heifetz and Marty Linsky from Harvard Kennedy School, Adaptive leadership is the practice of mobilizing people to tackle tough challenges and thrive, drawing from evolutionary biology, in which a successful adaptation has three characteristics:

  • Preserve what is needed for continued survival
  • Discard what no longer serves the current needs
  • Reorganise or rearrange to give oneself greater ability to flourish in new ways and more challenging environment.


As described by one of the participants:

“The approach sparked a different consultative and reflective process where I could directly see where I am  moving and where I am stuck. Very helpful in understanding my own blocks.”

Dr. Shalini Advani
Pathways School
Noida, India


Systematization is a process that helps in producing knowledge about field-based interventions and supports effective documentation. It is a participatory exercise which helps stakeholders in reaching a common understanding of project activities through analytical reflection and interpretation of results and about the different factors that influence these activities.

Each module is offered as a stand-alone workshop, please get in touch with the LEAD India secretariat to know more.