GAMEchange Methodology

MNCP iLEAD Tool 2: Leadership Web

In iLEAD everyone develops their vision and shares this with others, and works together with others for change. Each person is like a friendly spider at the centre of their leadership web, bringing people into their vision. Linking them together and supporting them to develop their own webs.

The Leadership Movement Map is done first on an individual level. Each person thinks about their own networks, who they can work with and how they can develop strategies to change those who might challenge them.

This map also serves as a basis for each person to develop their own peer sharing process within these networks. They then share these so that they can work together rather than duplicate effort if they are in the same groups and organisations. This then helps identify ways of increasing the leadership networks as a chain process where those trained then go on to train others in a type of pyramid marketing process for exponential upscaling of the change movement.

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Step 1 How do I look as a leader?

First draw yourself in the centre of the sheet of paper, at the centre of the web you will build. Draw in pencil so you can change at the end if you wish.

Think first how you are now. Are you happy or sad, confident or frightened, healthy or sick, educated or not, never had the opportunity to attend school, what work do you do?

Step 2 Who is important in my life?

Then draw around you the different people and institutions who are ‘important’ in your life; working outwards from the centre, putting those who are most important closest to you. Make sure you draw people in different colours, shapes, sizes etc so you can recognise them later.

Include any groups you are a member of eg savings groups, religious groups, ‘important people’ are not necessarily only your immediate household or even the wider family. It could include eg banks, or even the president.

Step 3: Building my networks for change

Of these people/institutions:

  • ring in red any who are already working against child marriage. These are people who will be part of your leadership web. Put a very thick ring around those who are most powerful in support.
  • ring in green any who are likely to be sympathetic but who you need to talk to. These are also people who you can bring into your web. Put a very thick ring around those who may be most powerful in support.
  • ring in blue any who are likely to oppose your vision. Put a very thick ring around those who are most powerful in opposition. These are people you can either leave, or persuade through working with others.
Step 4: Growing the web

Considering your most important allies, put also for them the people they may know or be able to influence as further circles with lines. Be sure to talk about this when you talk to your allies.

Step 5: Sharing webs

Either in plenary or small groups by area or organisation, share your webs and appoint a moderator to put all the webs on one big one. Then post this on-line and share.

Step 6: Leadership Action

Each person then amends their own web as appropriate after hearing the ideas from others.

And put a timeframe and symbols next to at least 5 people to indicate who you will meet with in the following month.

Step 7: Track, continue and update your ‘leadership self’ drawing

When you have done this, put a red circle around the person and action. And identify 5 more people. And so on. Working with others as you go. And creating your collective web on a large flipchart.

Finally after about 3 months look at your pencil drawing from Step 1? How are you now? Change the drawing – rub out the pencil and draw boldly with colour in pen.