About Us

About Us

Indus School of Leadership (ISL) is one of India's premier leadership training institute. The leadership development philosophy is based on acquiring the ability to lead oneself first, then others. Consequently, we focus on the process of experiential learning with guided reflection for  heightened self-awareness.

ISL partners with corporations to meet the challenges of the 21st century. Our partnership starts from identifying specific training requirements and basis that we design and conduct customized leadership development programmes. These provide individual and group assessments & follow up with remedial follow-up training.


“To be the center of excellence for preparing transformational leaders to meet all the challenges of the 21st century, through experiential learning, traditional values, and the preferred application of 'soft power' to achieve personal & organizational goals.”

We believe that the leadership journey has to start with the individual; beginning with self- awareness and a positive attitude. The leadership credo is simple: lead yourself first, then others. Consequently, there is a greater emphasis on:

  • The quest for a higher purpose and giving meaning to life
  • Experiential learning through reflection, balanced work-life relations, and shifting the responsibility for learning from the organization to the individual
  • Setting long-term vision and goals
  • Creativity and the ability to live with adversities


The adventure programming is crucial to Experiential Learning Cycle (ELC) as adventure is a way of doing things rather than being an activity. Learning becomes an adventure when there is an element of surprise, challenge and “aha” experience. Adventure assists in engaging in leadership training due to its innate feature of uniqueness and relevance. 

The core value of the program is ‘Learning by Doing’. 

In our programs, a set of activities will give a challenging experience to participants, emotionally, mentally and physically. Subsequently, guided reflection will be conducted by our experienced trainers to bestow meaning to the experience for further application and help gain knowledge of their self-image, self-concept and purpose. 

Our Process

Niche leadership development programmes aimed at meeting the specific training needs of corporations , co-created, implemented, and evaluated by a senior leadership team based on TNA. The flow is explained schematically.


CEO's Message

Lt. General Arjun Ray, PVSM, VSM (Retd.)

PVSM, VSM, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Indus Trust

A soldier-scholar of the Indian Army, Lt. General Arjun Ray has wide-ranging experience in war, conflict management, and the social transformation of those who have been alienated.

As CEO of the Indus Trust, he provides the vision and strategic direction to all Indus International Schools and institutions.

He is responsible for long-term perspective planning, leadership training, teacher development programmes, integrating parents, children and community, and implementing the Trust’s social responsibilities.

Lt. General Arjun Ray is a graduate from the prestigious Staff College at Camberlay, UK, and served as the country’s Deputy Military Advisor in London. In his last assignment, he commanded the newly raised 14 Corps in Ladakh. His success in forestalling insurgency in the region by winning over alienated communities into the nation’s mainstream has been nationally and internationally acclaimed. As part of Operation Sadbhavana (Goodwill), he set up 13 Sadbhavana schools, 11 Women’s Empowerment Centres, and 60 Adult Education Centres for non-literate women along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir. He provided free education and pastoral care in Bangalore colleges to 125 Ladakhi girls.

In recognition of his services in nation-building, he was awarded the Param Vashist Seva Medal, the highest award in the armed forces for distinguished service. His success story in change leadership has been selected as a case study for business and management schools in India.

In his second calling – international school education – he has set up three International Baccalaureate Schools, the Leadership School, the Indus Training and Research institute, and the world’s first Equal Opportunity School for children living below the poverty line. The latter is in sync with his belief that schools must have a social objective; they cannot just be centres of academic excellence. IB World has recently acclaimed the General as one of the six IB World School Leaders rethinking education, especially by making high quality education affordable to the poor. Education World has also named him one of the 50 game-changers in education in India.

Lt. General Arjun Ray has been awarded the Education Today Life Time Achievement Award 2018 for his incredible contribution in the field of education. He is an exemplary learner, teacher and leader with a vision and strategies to bring innovation in education.

For more information on General Ray, you may please visit: www.generalarjunray.com


Located on the outskirts of Bangalore, ISL offers a unique advantage for corporates to imbibe experience learning in a serene environment amidst a world class facility for a mindful activity. The environment offers the sought after “Me time” for greater introspection, leading to heightened self-awareness. These programmes help participants to immerse in mimicry of real life work-place challenges.

Facilities include, concrete accommodation, dining hall, discussion rooms with plug and play facility, multiple amphitheater, walking alley.


ISL has a proven track record of conducting outward bound programmes in challenging yet safe environment. The safety standards are as prescribed by Association for Challenge Course operations, USA, Project adventure USA, The Duke of Edinburg’s Award International Association and ISO: 45001:2015. All the trainers are adequately qualified on safety elements of each activity. The stringent pre and post-activity safety checks makes our programmes 100% safe.

24*7 onsite nursing assistant with fully functional infirmary and ambulance. All the trainers are certified paramedics.