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Benefits of Collaborative Leadership Program

Young professionals are constantly refining their skills to prepare for a rapidly changing work world. The focus is clearly steering away from individual achievement towards cooperation and the development of collaborative skills and behaviors. This is not an easy task as skills and behaviours need to be learned and practiced in real-life situations.

This is where the Collaborative Leadership Program comes in. It is a carefully designed immersive experience that happens over a 6-day trek in the Himalayas.

Having taken over 4,000 young professionals of our country on the program with us, we have seen that in a short span of time they not only learn collaborative leadership —  they internalize it.

Benefits of Collaborative Leadership Program

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Young professionals are constantly refining their skills to prepare for a rapidly changing work world. The focus is clearly steering away from individual achievement towards cooperation and the development of collaborative skills and behaviors. This is not an easy task as skills and behaviours need to be learned and practiced in real-life situations.

This is where the Collaborative Leadership Program comes in. It is a carefully designed immersive experience that happens over a 6-day trek in the Himalayas.

Having taken over 4,000 young professionals of our country on the program with us, we have seen that in a short span of time they not only learn collaborative leadership —  they internalize it.

How the Immersive Experience Works

Setting The Stage

In this specifically designed experiential learning program, participants plan and execute their own trekking expedition. The trekking expedition, spread over 4 days, requires them to reach a high point, usually a summit, and return down to the base camp safely. They do this in teams composed of 8 to 10 members, usually of diverse skills and abilities.

Designing the trek experience nudges participants out of their comfort zones. It creates an environment for learning. Each day of the trek has a progressive change in terrain, altitude, temperature, and trekking hours. This keeps participants constantly on the learning edge.

Some questions you may have

As of now, we have four treks that lend themselves very well to the program. They are Dayara Bugyal, Kedarkantha, Brahmatal and Ali-Bedni Bugyal treks. All four of them go up to an altitude of about 12,500 feet, cresting in a summit. The treks are spectacular as well as safe for young professionals and students who haven't trekked in the high altitude.

If you wish to have this program at your college get in touch with us by emailing izzat@indiahikes.com or call +91- 7022175673. We can then schedule an appointment to meet in person or online and discuss the details. 

The college can offer it to all students across courses, or consider it as a program for a particular course. Some enter into an MoU with us and include elements into the design that are most suited to their needs.

If you are a student who wishes to have this program at your college, then do the initial groundwork and put us in touch with the concerned person so that we can initiate conversation and take it forward.

The fee is Rs 11,950 charged on a per-participant basis. This includes all expenses, per participant, from basecamp to basecamp. All other services, such as transport and stay before and after the program, will be charged as actuals.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation during the trek (camping – 3 per tent)
  • All meals – vegetarian
  • Trekking permits and forest camping charges
  • Trekking equipment (tents, sleeping bags, ice axes, ropes, etc.)
  • Safety equipment (first aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, stretchers, etc.)
  • Services of an expert trek leader (qualified in basic/advanced mountaineering courses)
  • Services of a support team (volunteers, guides, cooks, helpers, porters/mules)
  • Expert facilitation team from Indiahikes

Exclusions

  • Food during transit to and from the base camp.

The Collaborative Leadership Program can very well be integrated into the curriculum to complement theoretical learning, especially around the concept of leadership. The best integration happens in subjects that include leadership, teamwork, communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving. Furthermore, sustainability and subjects requiring a deeper awareness of self can greatly benefit from this experiential learning component.

The IIMs offer it as an optional credit program. IFIM offers it as part of the Social Immersion Program. Some Institutions offer it as an orientation program for all new students entering the Institute.

On the trek there is no electricity and the mobile network is hardly available. The last point for charging your mobiles and cameras is usually at the base camp.

You will stay in expedition dome tents. Three participants share one tent. Girls and boys stay separately.

At Indiahikes, we have a robust system to prepare all participants before the Collaborative Leadership Program begins. We guide you step by step starting a month and a half before your trek. We get you ready in terms of fitness as well as gear.

Pre Trek Approximate Preparation Guide

Fitness: By the time participants leave for the trek they must be able to jog 5 km in 42 minutes. 

Those with a BMI of 30 and above need to get it below 30 before the trek starts. Blood pressure readings need to be in the normal range as well.

Trek Gear: Participants will have to get all the gear they require well in advance. They can opt for renting gears to avoid spending too much on their first trek experience. However, renting gears must be done 30 days in advance as stocks don’t last.

Yes. We regularly announce Collaborative Leadership Programs on our website. If you would like to be contacted regarding this please fill in the inquiry form or send us an email and we will inform you about the same as well. 

We usually run an Open HMC when we have 20-30 participants interested in doing it. So do drop us a line and we will loop you in!

How We Keep All Participants Safe

Indiahikes Safety Mechanism

Outside the facilitators, their fellow members, our Trek Leaders play a pivotal role in keeping all participants safe on the trek. It is not easy to be a Trek Leader with Indiahikes. There is a long, stringent, and difficult selection process. 

After this they undergo a rigorous 8 month induction and training program before they are certified as Trek Leaders at Indiahikes. Only those Trek Leaders who are the best of our team are selected to lead the Himalayan Mountain Challenge. 

All our Trek Leaders are certified mountaineers with a Basic Mountaineering Course or Advanced Mountaineering Course. Among them, the ones who are Wilderness First Responders (NOLS-certified) are assigned to lead all participants.

Apart from the Trek Leaders we have technical guides, trek guides, program facilitators and assistants who accompany all team members of the Collaborative Leadership Program. All of them are given specialised training in handling emergency mountain situations. If a situation arises, anyone of our team members will be able to evacuate the team members to safety, even in the middle of the night. 

Why Top B-schools Join Our Collaborative Leadership Program

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