Leadership for Growth – South Asia (Online Program)

This is a virtual edition of our award-winning 5-month, modular, training & development program to build business and leadership skills in managers across India. It is an inspiring and highly engaging learning program combining online leadership courses, business application, coaching, as well as a strong emphasis on networking.

Why This Program Is Important

Small and growing businesses (SGBs) are global engines of shared prosperity: they drive growth, promote sustainability, and support equity around the world

However, unlike many medium-sized companies, SGBs often lack access to the financial and knowledge resources required for growth. Further, many SGBs are faced with a “Talent Challenge”, a finding that also gets highlighted in the ANDE Impact Report: “Once SGBs have reached a certain size and maturity, often their biggest challenge is building a team that is able to manage their next step to scale. Recruiting the right candidates, developing current staff, and retaining the team are all key challenges.“

The global Covid-19 pandemic and accompanying economic recession has changed the world as we know it for the foreseeable future. What will be critical in the longer-term for prosperity and freedom is making sure small businesses don't ‘go under’, and that they can recover quickly from the financial damage caused by the pandemic and accompanying recession. As small businesses grow, so do people’s prospects at the middle and lower classes of society as economic mobility is inextricably linked to greater freedom and prosperity.

In this context, we leveraged our existing expertise in delivering online interactive training, and launched a special edition of this program to address this challenge by focusing on leadership and management skills for middle and senior managers. The online version of the Leadership for Growth program is open to organisations across South, East and Central Asia.

Our aim is to facilitate development of skills necessary to manage SGBs both in the present and in a rapidly changing world. The training will focus on skills needed (such as innovation, resilience, and systems thinking) to survive the recession and thrive in the ‘new normal’, whatever that emerges to be. As these managers grow their abilities, the businesses they work for will grow in terms of revenue and employment, thus contributing to greater economic prosperity across the regions in which they exist.

To learn more, contact [email protected]

  • Próxima edição 08/10/2021 – 11/02/2022
  • Matrículas abertas Deadline September 20th, 2021
  • Local Online
  • Participantes 25
  • Idioma English

About The Program


Who is it for?

Leadership for Growth is specifically designed for middle and senior managers of small and growing businesses across India. We transform participating managers into high impact leaders.
This program is for your organization if:

  • You are a commercially viable business with 5 to 250 employees.
  • Your organization has the ambition and the potential to expand significantly within the next 1-3 years.
  • You believe that investing in your managers is a key success factor to scale your business.
  • You are motivated towards transforming the challenges due to the pandemic into opportunities for growth.

What are the benefits for your organization?

  • As an employer you can expect:
    1. Immediate business results as your staff have acquired the business, innovation and leadership skills to manage the organization both in the present disruptive times and in a rapidly changing future.
    2. An efficient manager development solution that doesn’t take your manager away from the business.
    3. A local option to learn best practices from the cutting-edge of global leadership and management thinking, at affordable, Indian prices.
    4. A solution to retention challenges through having more engaged employees in a changing workspace.
    5. Demonstrated proof of your commitment to talent development.
  • One of the key drivers that helps an organization prepare for its future is to have competent next-gen leaders. I enrolled myself into the program along with one of my direct reportees, & I can already see that we are able to employ the framework, tools and tips we learnt to the day-to-day situations at work. Tamilmurugan, Director - Quality, Zifo (Nominating & Participating Manager)
  • Your managers will:
    1. Gain essential business and leadership skills including strategy, systems thinking, innovation, team development.
    2. Take advantage of a highly interactive, hands-on curriculum designed to transfer their new skills to their day-to-day job.
    3. Implement a business innovation project that will create a direct positive impact on your business.
    4. Develop a peer network across India.
    5. Gain the tools to design your organization’s post-pandemic future.
  • This program has equipped me with skills, tools and strategies that have helped me lead my team with confidence, mobilize others to push boundaries and solve business problems. The program curriculum, the course material and the instructors - everything just works. Anubrata Basu, Senior Research & Communications Manager, Sambodhi (Participant)

Program Schedule

Application deadline: September 20th, 2021

All class dates take place on Friday and Saturday, once a month as per the schedule below:

Friday: Full day, 9:30am to 5:30pm (Indian Standard Time)
Saturday: Full day, 9:30am to 4:30pm (Indian Standard Time)

Module 1: Leading Self - 8, 9 October 2021
Module 2: Leading Others - 12, 13 November 2021
Module 3: Leading the Business Part 1 - 10, 11 December 2021
Module 4: Leading the Business Part 2 - 7, 8 January 2022
Module 5: Impact Showcase - 11 February 2022


Three core pillars

The program aims to develop mindsets, skills, and knowledge required to create positive impact across three levels: self, team, organisation. This is reflected on the three pillars of the program.

Who am I as a leader?
What is my leadership style?
What are my strengths?

How do I create an environment where people can thrive?

How does my organization create value?
How can I best solve problems?
How do I help scale my organization?

Program Structure

What Makes The Program Unique


Focusing on Business Outcomes

The program aims at facilitating improved business outcomes, not just learning outcomes. We work with individuals to strengthen the results of their business innovation projects.

Delivering for Application

Because learning only creates value when applied, our solution is designed to facilitate on-the-job application. The practical nature of each session allows participants to apply what they have learnt, based on immediate needs within the organization. Our methodologies are focused on experiential learning and hands-on experience.

Combining Expertise, Experience & Insight

It is comprised of the three interlocking pillars of building professional expertise, on-the-job experience, and personal development.

Application process

All potential participants need to be nominated by their organization first.

The nomination form for the Asia - Online Program can be found here. Upon receiving the nomination form, we will then send you further instructions on how your employees can apply.

If you are an employee and would like to participate, please contact [email protected].

Admission to the Leadership for Growth Program is selection based. All completed applications will be assessed based on the program’s criteria for admission. (see section on eligibility above)

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so we recommend that you apply early.

Application Deadline September 20th, 2021

Program Costs

Program Fee

Thanks to financial support from the Argidius Foundation, Amani Institute is able to offer this program at a highly subsidized rate in 2021-2022.

Our regular program fee is INR 60,000 (+ GST) per participant. Amani Institute is committed to provide ongoing support to small & growing organizations during this pandemic, and we are therefore happy to offer this online special edition of the program at a highly discounted rate of INR 35,000 (+GST) per participant.

Fee Includes:

  • All online webinars (64 hours total)
  • 3 individual coaching sessions per participant
  • All reading and other materials required to participate in the program

The Program History and Results

Since its inception in 2017, the program has trained 130 middle and senior managers from 50 Small and Growing Businesses in East Africa. Nearly one in three companies that send one manager to this program end up sending more managers after that – a testament to the program’s effectiveness.

The Argidius Foundation and the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) declared Amani Institute the winner of the Argidius-ANDE Talent Challenge (AATC) as this award-winning leadership program provides an innovative and highly effective leadership development solution that creates value for Small and Growing Businesses (SGB) that leads to immediate improved business results. Thanks to this recognition we are now scaling this program globally - renaming it Leadership for Growth - with courses running in India and Brazil as well.

Launched in India in 2019, the program has seen 4 cohorts - 2 in-person and 2 online - and enrolled 80+ managers from 30+ different organizations representing India, Pakistan, Nepal and the Philippines. In its first year in India, the program achieved a Net Promoter Score of 82, which is extremely rare and adds to our strong belief in the impact of the program.

A formative evaluation of Amani Institute’s Leadership for Growth first cohort in India has revealed that:

  • 100% of participants surveyed agree that the program is relevant to their professional needs.
  • 95% agree that examples and activities are relevant to their professional challenges.
  • 95% agree that the facilitators understand their challenges.
  • 85% agree that the lessons so far have helped them develop the skill that is most important to them.
  • Participating organizations include Enviu, Villgro, Sattva, Sambodhi, Upaya Social Ventures, Zifo RnD Solutions, Ujala Cygnus, Ignis Careers, Medha and Essmart to name a few.

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