The Leadership Action Tree (or Challenge/Action Tree) identifies actions that address leadership challenges – but the aim is action not getting depressed with all the many challenges.
The Leadership Tree builds on the Action Tree against Child Marriage (an Action Tree for combating Child Marriage should be done first if it has not been done to identify the various arguments used and how to counter them. It is done first individually.
The Leadership Tree looks at different contexts with three roots: informal peer sharing with those one is close to, group sharing and wider advocacy.
Step 1: Leadership Vision Trunk
Draw two lines for the trunk in the middle of the sheet of paper.
Place a symbol for leadership vision/ MNCP logo from Tool 1 at the top of the trunk.
Put a circle for current leadership position at the bottom of the trunk.
Step 2: Leadership challenge roots
What are the challenges that prevent your leadership? Divide the roots into 3 parts: group on the left, advocacy/government/powerful people on the right linked by the informal peer sharing in the middle. This informal leadership is likely to be the most significant in change and also achieving change on the other roots.
Step 3: Branches or potential solutions
For each root draw one branch: group on the left, advocacy/ government/ powerful people on the right linked by the informal peer sharing in the middle. Then for each element on the roots identify an appropriate action, or series of actions which can be taken. Put these in the corresponding position along the branch.
Step 4: Forces on the Trunk
What are the external context forces acting on the trunk or the subsoil? These can be opportunities or challenges.
Step 5: Action fruits for tracking
Looking at the challenges, forces and solutions identify 5 actions that you can take in the next month to start to make the tree grow. Put these as green fruits on the branches that you will try to turn red and ripen. When you have achieved them put a big red circle.
Step 6: Leadership shared: Win-win tree
Then individual trees are shared and combined as a ‘win-win’ tree. All elements are colour coded for women and men to see which challenges, solutions, forces and actions are gender-specific and which are common. And establish how women and men can work together for change and support each other’s leadership.