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Benefits of the Collaborative Leadership Program

Students and young professionals are constantly refining their skills to prepare for a rapidly changing work world — one that requires working with  teams that are large, sometimes virtual, diverse, and composed of highly educated specialists. An emerging area of focus is 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. Theory is not enough.

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.

Since 2011 we have had over 4,000 participants from top Management Institutions come on this program with us. We have seen that in a short span of time they not only learn collaborative leadership skills and behaviours — they internalize it.

Benefits of the Collaborative Leadership Program

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Students and young professionals are constantly refining their skills to prepare for a rapidly changing work world — one that requires working with  teams that are large, sometimes virtual, diverse, and composed of highly educated specialists. An emerging area of focus is 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. Theory is not enough.

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.

Since 2011 we have had over 4,000 participants from top Management Institutions come on this program with us. We have seen that in a short span of time they not only learn collaborative leadership skills and behaviours — 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.

Coming Together for Collaboration

On the trek, teams face adverse weather conditions, like snow or rain. They cook their own food, set up and unwind their campsites and find their way through mountain trails.

Each day is designed to be a little more challenging in terms of terrain, altitude, and specific team activities. 

None of this is easy to do. Overcoming these challenges, day in and day out, as a team, tests and develops their skills of collaborative leadership.

To sharpen the learning, the entire expedition is also broken down into carefully designed activities. Every activity has a specific takeaway. It requires every team member to work collaboratively every single hour of the program.

Key to an immersive experience

Reflection sessions at the end of each day form a crucial element. They enable teams to introspect on their learning each day. Guided by the facilitator they talk about all the activities of the day and discuss what worked and what did not.

During reflections, team members also address conflicts in a way that resolves them. They strategize and plan for the next day, taking into account the learning so far.

Why Top B-schools Join Our Collaborative Leadership Program

Different programs that we have

Designed specifically for B-Schools

The Collaborative Leadership Program is a specifically designed experiential learning program where students from colleges learn to develop collaborative leadership skills.

This is a program that we have been running for the students of a few of the Indian Institutes of Management for the past 11 years. Students participate in a 4-day program in the Himalayas, which is designed to bring about Collaborative Leadership Skills.  

The Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) of Indore, Lucknow, and Bangalore have found it so useful that they offer it as a credit course to their students.

In today's world, collaborative leadership skill is a must have for management students to transition into corporate or the business world. This makes it an ideal program for any graduate/post-graduate student.

Open to all working professionals

Most modern workplaces require you to have collaborative leadership skills. Top professionals are expected to collaborate, work across teams, gain trust with mutual respect among team members and collaborate with other stakeholders as well. Emotional intelligence and relationship-building skills have become central to a professional’s growth. 

The interesting thing is that the world’s biggest organisations and leaders are veering more and more towards collaborative leadership. It is critical to an individual’s growth, and consequently, the organisation's growth. Earlier, collaborative leadership was expected only of the senior management. In the modern workforce, it is expected even at an entry-level. 

A trek in the Himalayas, which is specifically designed for learning collaborative leadership skills, is an ideal setting for this program. In a short intense span of 4 days participants take away lessons of collaborative leadership that they can fall back on throughout their professional lives. 

In this trekking expedition, participants are completely out of their comfort zones. They are forced to confront situations and overcome challenges that they have never encountered before. Each day is designed to inculcate collaborative leadership skills in a progressive intense way. 

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. 

Ultimately, even an expert team such as ours cannot keep all participants safe unless they follow stringent safety processes. These are processes that have been developed by us for over ten years. They have been put in place after considering every scenario and evaluating every risk of a trek. 

Our risk assessment and management systems are extensive and deep, as you will discover when you sign up with us. There is a process for preparing team members, a process to monitor their health 3 times a day, a process for management of accidents, a process for managing altitude sickness, a process for evacuation. There are processes for even trekking and a separate process for difficult sections. Any potential risk is nipped in the bud.

Our extensive trek experience matters here. The trekking trails are not new to us. These trekking trails have been nurtured and developed by us for many years. We have our own base camps on these trails. 

From the time the program starts till it ends, safety of all team members is our responsibility. 

On the trek, we have a staff-to-team member ratio of 1:5. This means for every 5 team members there is an Indiahikes staff monitoring them closely.  

Most of the modern safety equipment used in the Indian trekking community has been introduced by us. This has fundamentally changed how trekking is done in our country.

In all of our treks, we carry a high-altitude medical kit, an evacuation kit, a technical kit, radio equipment, and oxygen cylinders (pulse oximeters and BP monitors are standard equipment carried by our Trek Leaders, including ropes and carabiners). 

What Participants Say About the Program

Collaborative Leadership Program in Pictures

What do the professional institutes say

Prof. Kamal Sharma

IIM Indore

One of the most eagerly awaited programs at Indian Institute of Management Indore (IIM Indore) is the Himalayan Outbound Program (HOP), which sees participation from a majority of students belonging t...

Prof. Prateek Raj

IIM Bangalore

Each day of the trek was a long psychological journey, and when we fulfilled the goals, no matter how small, it filled us with motivation. Beyond physical endurance and strength, I learned how our psy...

Prof. Swapnil Garg

IIM Indore

The level of enthusiasm in the students was huge. The students learnt a lot of things - they learnt to work together as a team, surmount a challenge, familiarizing themselves to a new environment.  Th...

Prof. Kamal Sharma

IIM Indore

One of the most eagerly awaited programs at Indian Institute of Management Indore (IIM Indore) is the Himalayan Outbound Program (HOP), which sees participation from a majority of students belonging t...

Prof. Prateek Raj

IIM Bangalore

Each day of the trek was a long psychological journey, and when we fulfilled the goals, no matter how small, it filled us with motivation. Beyond physical endurance and strength, I learned how our psy...

Prof. Swapnil Garg

IIM Indore

The level of enthusiasm in the students was huge. The students learnt a lot of things - they learnt to work together as a team, surmount a challenge, familiarizing themselves to a new environment.  Th...

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