LIFE is a service-learning program. We think that Fellows’ capacity to effect social change and contribute towards socials justice is dependent on their ability to cultivate their own leadership capacity.
The framework through which we learn on the LIFE program is called “Adaptive Leadership.” It was developed by Harvard professors Ronald A. Heifetz and Marty Linsky, with whom LIFE’s founder Yonatan Glaser has learned.
Adaptive Leadership is defined as “a practical leadership framework that helps individuals and organizations adapt and thrive in challenging environments. It is being able, both individually and collectively, to take on the gradual but meaningful process of adaptation. It is about diagnosing the essential from the expendable and bringing about a real challenge to the status quo.”
The leadership training and learning runs deep in LIFE. Moreover, the cultural immersion experiences in two vastly different societies will serve as a catalyst for the growth that you will experience personally and professionally. On the personal level, you’ll learn about yourself, your heritage along with a number of different cultures. You’ll strengthen your interpersonal skills, become more resilient, flexible and assertive.
In addition, you’ll benefit from theoretical and practical learning that can help you professionally, including:
- Management theory and practice
- Models of social change and the roles of government, business and NGOs in each
- Cross-cultural communications and sensitivity
- Project planning, execution and completion
We capitalize on our surrounding environments in India and Israel and use a variety of learning methods, including site visits, lectures, meeting with experts and mentoring as well as by asking you to participate in independent research, team projects and peer led initiatives.
In summary, on LIFE we strive to help you develop your skills as an adaptive leader to be able to take yourself and others people outside of the comfort zones and assess and address the needs and challenges as they are and not as we wish they would be.