The Leading Innovation course and its outcomes
Dr. Pukar Malla, former Senior Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, began collaborating with two Harvard professors, Marshall Ganz and Ronald Heifetz, to create a leadership program for Nepal. Professor Ganz is known for his principles on community organizing and architected President Obama’s 2008 Election Campaign. Professor Heifetz is known for his principles on adaptive leadership capacities of societies and organizations, and has advised several country heads and CEOs worldwide.
The curriculum of the Leading Innovation course is carefully tailored to fit into Nepal’s social, cultural and political context. It offers in-practice leadership training to young innovators, fosters youth innovation network and facilitate collaborative high-impact projects. Furthermore, considering the necessity of leadership development at the grassroots the training was given to entrepreneurs in Palpa, and it will also be conducting the course in other districts.
The adage “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime,” well reflects the aspirations of the Leadership Lab. Even though Nepalis have excelled across the world, but this has been confined to small group of individuals. The leadership course aspires to creating a large mass of critical individuals, enables the graduates to pass on the learning, hence, creating a multiplier effect.
Leading is essentially a verb. Coupled with good intent, a good leader is also a competent individual. This requires strategic thinking, communication, persuasion, managerial and negotiation skills. The emphasis on creating your own life-narrative and connecting to large number of people is one of the cornerstones of the leadership course.
The leadership course aims to build leadership capacity in young policy innovators so that they can accelerate the impact of their innovations for a thriving Nepal. The course aims to enhance the capacity of the students to:
- Understand their call for leadership
- Empathize with others
- Analyze adaptive issues
- Mobilize collective action
Small Group Projects
To execute practically the learnings from the 6 modules of Leading Innovation course, a small group project will be designated to the course-takers. This is the “ in-practice leadership training” complimenting the scholastic learnings from the rest of the course. The class will be divided into groups, and each one will have to accomplish a “small group project” in order to graduate from the course.