Step-Up Leadership

by Deepak Sawhney

Step-Up Leadership Programme


Step up is a transition program to prepare and empower employees for managing people leader roles in the organization. Step Up is planned as an intensive virtual developmental journey, consisting of a blend of learning methodologies – VILTs, Tools, Videos and Papers/Articles.

The Learning transfer will happen through sharing models/concepts (15-20% time);  interactive exercises/engagement (70-80% time), reflections (10 % time).


Understanding Leadership Styles, Strengths & Developmental Areas

Module I:

Contracting Methodology: Facilitator Intro/VILT Plan/Ways of Working 

Key Message: Draw the max from the session

Module II:

Leadership Styles

Methodology: Concept Pre-Read – HBR Paper (with questions). Plenary & Debrief – Questions to understand styles Strength and Developmental areas i.e. versatility.

Module III: Motivation & Drivers

Methodology: Personal Drivers – Context and Concept Driver           

Exercise (Individual) – Debrief

1) Share 1-2 examples                       

2) How can this help?

Key Message: Everyone has different drivers – Understanding that that will help you motivate yourself & others to perform


Module IV: Reflection

Methodology: My Leadership Journey /Stop – Start – Continue


Managing change successfully

Module I: Understand Change   

Methodology:Context & Concept

Participant examples to explain the Change Curve. What gives us the energy to keep moving and ride the curve?

Key Message:Change is cognitive Change is constant, Everyone experiences differently. Help team manage change 

Module II: Resilience         

Methodology: Context and Concept (Video) Eight components of Resilience Poll on “Which I leverage most often?” Plenary on in situations of change/challenge/pressure which components were used? Which can be leveraged more?   

Key Message: When under pressure due change, Lead through values to sustain and move forward. 

Module III: Common Mistakes and Quick Wins Methodology: Introduce all mistakes (8) & Seek ways to overcome mistakes in Plenary Poll on “which ones they are likely to make”           

Key Message: Common mistakes that could derail your journey as leader.         

Module IV: Delegation       

Methodology: Introduce “3- Steps to Delegation” with examples Introduce Delegation Matrix and in Plenary ask participants on diagnosis – How do you identify competence ? How do you identify Motivation ?

Key Message: Connect with common mistake of micromanagement

Module V: Reflection

Methodology: My leadership journey/Stop – Start – Continue Key Message: Develop self and team through delegation 


Managing Stakeholders

Module I: Stakeholder Management

Methodology: Stakeholder Management – Why? Stakeholder Mapping and Prioritization (Influence and Interest Grid) – Introduce and Analysis of stakeholders – Classifying from Unaware to Leading

Assignment – Individual Activity – Identify a Challenge that needs managing a stakeholder – Classify and list actions to be taken. Debrief in Plenary.       

Key Message: Strategize actions to focus on key stakeholders management               

Module II: Effective Conversations   

Methodology: Introduce Conversation Planner – Key skills: Active Listening & Effective Questioning

Exercises Between Facilitator & participants

Videos on Listening (non-judgemental)                   

Key Message: Focus on listening and understanding first ; Challenging Conversations will be higher at senior levels. 

Module III: Effective Relationships

Methodology: Introduce Trust Equation – Credibility, Reliability and Intimacy

EBA – Plenary on What builds trust? What breaks trust?

Key Message: Build relationships based on empathy and trust amongst stakeholders and team.


Building HIGH Performing teams

Module I: Effective Team Working   

Methodology: Introduce Lencioni – 5 Behaviors of Cohesive teams Identifying dysfunctions

Role of Leader in addressing dysfunctions

Challenges of Managing team remotely/virtually (Kellogg Video)

Key Message: Leader takes responsibility to get results by managing 5 behaviours in a team.

Module II: Giving & Receiving Feedback       

Methodology: Why Feedback ?

BOOST Principles of Feedback

Introduce & explain SBI Model with example Show Videos, Draw learnings in Plenary (Done well , can be different)

Key Message: Feedback creates culture of Trust                       

Module III: Reflections

Methodology: My Leadership Journey/Stop- Start- Continue 

Module IV: Reflections

Methodology: My Leadership Journey / Stop- Start- Continue 


Managing teams and others

Module I: Coaching               

Methodology: Introduce Coaching ( a Video) – Coaching Definition ; Revisit Coaching Skills – Listening/ Asking Question/Empathy/Rapport Building Introduce GROW Model –a Video – Debrief in Plenary to draw the Skills.

Quiz on Situations for Coaching

Key Message: The skill is a key part of their role to focus on strengths and potential of team members.

Module II: Conflict Management

Methodology: Define conflict

Introduce TKI Conflict Modes

Situations to apply 5 modes – Open/Chat Quiz

Key Message: Everyone responds differently to conflict situations, Understand their preferences and be more agile. 

Module III: Time Management


Urgent Important Matrix

Group Activity on Prioritization

Key Message: Learn the skills to prioritize tasks and jobs

Module IV: Reflections

Methodology: My Leadership Journey/Stop – Start – Continue 


Managing Others

Module I: Influencing without Authority


Introduction to Styles with Quick Demonstration Group Activity on situations to styles                   

Advantages/ Disadvantages of 4 styles Situations to use the Styles

Key Message: The role is not about getting work done but also “how to go about it”. Personal agility & versatility.

Module II: Collaboration Skills


Introduce Collaboration – Definition Introduce Model for Collaboration – Goals, Role, Processes and Relationships.

Share Case Study and seek inputs in Plenary Barriers to Collaboration               

Key Message: Understand skills and obstacles to collaboration 

Module III: Managing Across Cultures           


5 Key Dimensions of Culture – Working Styles Videos on Body Language/Gestures               

Individual Activity to scale self and others (colleague)

Cross-Cultural Context – Communication (Verbal & Non-Verbal)                       

Group Exercise – Strategies to Manage:

  1. Meetings    
  2. Hierarchy/Protocols
  3. Decision Making
  4. Communication (Verbal and Non verbal)        

Key Message: Build awareness and skills to manage cross cultural diversity.

Module IV: Reflections

Methodology: My Leadership Journey – Stop/ Start/Continue

6 Games:

VILT 1: Amazing Observer

VILT 2: Treasure Tunnels

VILT 3: Code Names

VILT 4: Fishy Equilibrium 

VILT 5: Roads & Rails

Deepak applies his rich experience, multiple certifications & deep understanding of neuroscience, adult learning and motivation when developing leaders for success in their chosen areas. Deepak has more than 10 years and 1400 hours of coaching experience starting with being internal coach to branching out independently in 2013.

Deepak is committed to facilitate successful leaders in their good to great journey. He encourages and challenges clients to become authentic  leaders who possess not only right behaviors but also  aligned motives, beliefs and values. Deepak states his purpose to coach as ” Helping People Shine better and Brighter”.

A counselling psychologist by profession, Abs specialises in addressing mental health concerns of adolescents, young adults, and adults including stress & time management, relationship counselling, substance abuse, domestic violence, perinatal problems, depression, loneliness, anxiety, sexual issues, identity crisis and work issues, among others. She believes that therapy can hold different experiences & meanings for each individual, thus using an eclectic approach with her clients.

Aditya’s passion lies in Career and Business Strategy. He loves Supporting executives and professionals with career obstacles such as self regulation, goal directed persistence, task initiation, planning/prioritization, role transition, organization and time management.

His clients share from the experience about their coaching engagement  that they feel his coaching is an experience that is engaging, highly energizing and making learning fun. He has a strong determination to offer something different, with the intention of helping others succeed in their walks of life.

His accreditations includes him being an Associate Certified Coach (ACC- ICF),Brave Spirit Icon 2017 I Youth Icon Recipient 2016 I National Service Excellence Award 2016 I National Education Award 2015 

His experience includes 50,000+ hours that involves facilitation/presentation/training/consulting on a wide variety of topics globally across Dubai, Sri Lanka, UK, Canada, Indonesia, Australia, USA. He has successfully engaged with over 1,00,000+ participants from diverse backgrounds working on a national and international assignment since 2014.