Social Development Leaders are entrusted to address complex societal issues, often referred to as ‘wicked’ problems or messes with meagre resources, challenging timelines - and increasingly now, at scale. Furthermore, the ecosystem in which social purpose organisations work is changing rapidly - growing inequities, climate crisis, large population without access to basic needs, etc. The opportunity that this crisis has brought upon us is to transform the paradigm, creating opportunities for all to thrive and flourish - people, planet and all living beings. Social purpose organisations, hence have a moral imperative to build their leadership and management practices so as to be able to create the future in a systemic, collaborative and regenerative way.

Social development leaders would benefit by possessing

  1. A deeper understanding of development perspectives and the ability to analyse social issues to grapple with complexity, ambiguity and emergence in the space
  2. A deep understanding of society and the complex forces that operate at the level of an individual, community and society
  3. An ability to unravel complex social systems within which social issues exist and identify intervention/ leverage points for sustained social change
  4. An ability to root oneself in Universal Human Values and derive all the strength and courage from within oneself
  5. An ability to envision solutions through a Systems Thinking lens that also lays a strong foundation for a collaborative, collective approach to sustainable, scalable social change

Several recent studies also attest to the benefits of leadership development for organisation success and social impact.

“Strengthening leadership development results in more mission impact, higher revenues, lower costs and greater stability”- Stanford Social Innovation Review -2017
“Skilled management is the single most important determinant of organisational success” - Social Impact Multipliers, 2018
“Organisations must develop a deep bench of strong leaders in order to scale & sustain impact” - Bridgespan, Building the Bench at Indian NGOs, 2017

Through a combination of different kinds of Leadership Development Programmes (open, custom and online), ISDM supports the continuous learning journey of both individuals and organisations. These courses are built on well-researched, contemporary and contextual development leadership and management approaches and methods like systems thinking, appreciative inquiry, behavioural economics, purposeful program theory, modern theories of motivation, strategic communications and engagement. The courses are designed and facilitated by senior social practitioners and leaders, and employ holistic learning methods - readings, discussion, experiential learning, collaborative projects, coaching and mentoring, learning circles, Communities of Practice (COPs), etc.

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