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India Leaders for Social Sector (ILSS) is a non-profit learning and leadership development organisation that aims to build and strengthen leadership talent in India’s social sector. We enable leaders from various sectors—such as corporates, defence forces and government services— to make a meaningful contribution to the social sector; we also offer capacity building opportunities for leaders in the social sector. We endeavour to build critical leadership skills that will allow us as a sector to create better, more innovative and sustainable solutions for greater impact, at scale.
India Leaders for Social Sector aims to create and nurture leadership talent for the country’s development sector.
India Leaders for Social Sector (ILSS) was set up in September 2017 with the aim of creating a learning and leadership development organisation that will help build leadership capacity for India’s social sector.
The growing complexity of problems faced by India on the development front—combined with increased philanthropic funding into the social sector—underlines the need for organisations to devise innovative, sustainable, efficient and scalable solutions; it has also renewed the focus on the importance of building leadership to oversee the implementation of these solutions and to plan for future challenges.
It is to address the leadership talent issue that ILSS was incubated by Central Square Foundation. We held the first edition of our flagship leadership program in January 2018 to offer senior leaders from diverse backgrounds a deeper understanding of the social sector and how they can engage more meaningfully with the task of achieving India’s development goals. The program also serves as a learning platform for leaders in the social sector by offering opportunities to gain multiple perspectives, tune into emerging discussions in development leadership and update their knowledge.
With Indian School of Development Management (ISDM) as our academic partner, we have created a robust, immersive program that we hope will prove valuable to our sector and the work we do.
ILSS offers a unique nine-day leadership program designed to inspire and enable senior leaders from various spheres to transition meaningfully to the social sector. Our program offers participants a deeper understanding of the sector, including the challenges and the potential, and connects them with like-minded individuals and NGO networks to help them find the right fit in the social sector.
ILSS is building a repository of information about the social sector to allow knowledge sharing and collaboration, benchmark best practices, address perceptions and highlight leadership role models. By identifying possibilities, challenges and rewards of the social sector, we aim to create an informed movement of leadership talent to the sector.