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Universal Ethics and Youth  Leadership 2024


The Invitation

Dear Students,


We are delighted to announce our new online certificate course on “Universal Ethics and Youth Leadership”.

Everybody can choose to be a radical transformational leader and contribute to addressing our challenges be it in our society, home or workplace. Our challenges of today need new transformations that source our inner capacities, and new design to make a difference. This implies that we can shift unworkable cultural norms and systems to generate extraordinary results.

RTL-Works invites you to apply to unique 30-hour online course to be a change agent and build transformational leadership capacities - principled action, strategic design, critical & creative thinking, generative conversations and results are required to build a world based on the values of dignity, fairness and compassion. These new capacities bring alignment of principles, purpose and practice in individuals for our humanity.

This course will provide you with templates and tools to lead your work and projects, to expand your reach and impact in the world. It offers the opportunity for students to explore action as transformational change agents based on universal ethics for social and environmental well-being for results with systemic change.

We are extremely fortunate to  be joined by Dr. Monica Sharma, the author of the award-winning book  - ‘Radical Transformational Leadership: Strategic Action for Change Agents’ that uses a unique response model based on extensive application – a conscious full-spectrum model - which simultaneously solves problems, shifts systems and creates new patterns sourced from universal values. The book is the winner of the 2017 Nautilus Gold Book Award for Business and Leadership. Past winners include Desmond Tutu, The Dalai Lama and Thich Nhat Hanh.

Dr. Monica Sharma is a world-class Practitioner Coach and former Director, Leadership and Capacity Development, United Nations. Her capacity to foster leadership and design large scale projects to source commitment and deliver tangible results is globally recognized.







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The program will challenge each of us to delve deep into our being; and generate new breakthrough ideas, sourcing our abilities to envision a new future, commit ourselves to action and acquire the skills to attain this future. It consists of a series of 15 classes of 2 hours each Sunday by 1 -2 weeks each. New capacities are introduced in each class session and practiced inter-session to put these in action. All participants must commit to participating in all the classes. Missing any class means dropping of the course.

The participants of the course will 

  • have weekly coaching calls between classes.

  • get a copy of Dr. Monica Sharma's book.

  • have weekly short reading assignments. 


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Note: Medium of instruction is English


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Please note we only have 30 seats available. 

  • All students need to upload student ID and reference letter from faculty 

The application process has 2 stages - review of applications and interviews.

  • After review of forms-shortlisted candidates will be called for an online interview by a panel.

  • 30 Successful candidates will be shortlisted from the interview. 

After review of forms-shortlisted candidates will be called for a online interview panel


All successful candidates will have a course fee (inclusive of GST):

•    All student based in India- Rs. 6000

•    USD 95 for students studying in Income poor countries.

•    USD 130 for students studying in middle income countries. 

•    USD 160 for students studying in income rich countries. 

This is not a sponsored program and we have not procured grants for the workshop, but we are exploring for scholarships. All the facilitators and resource people are working in service pro bono. Please feel free to contact us for any assistance at 

     Glasika: +91  6260337629 (Phone, Signal, Telegram and Whatsapp)

     Team RTL on Signal/WhatsApp: +91 9869219901   


  • 29 Feb                  Last day to register/apply.

  • 1-29 Feb 2024       Interviews.

  • 1 Mar 2024           Last date for payment for course fee

  • 03 March 2024      Course start date.

Sudarshan Rodriguez




Sudarshan Rodriguez is the CEO at RTLWorks and has a wide range of expertise in environmental sciences, disaster management and livelihoods. He is a practitioner coach trained in the Conscious Full-Spectrum Response Model, a transformational leadership approach based on universal values and ethics developed and created by Dr. Monica Sharma. His passion to work for planetary and people’s well-being and vision for people’s development worldwide makes him stand out from the crowd

Glasika Verma is a social work counsellor, Assistant coordinator of RTL-Works Glasika cares deeply about humanity, joy and happiness. She currently works as program coordinator of RTLWorks. She is a member of the RTL Global Mental Health group. She trained to be an engineer and thereafter pursued professional social work counsellor training from the Tata Institute of Social sciences, Guwahati. She is an RTL Practitioner Coach and has been trained in using the RTL tools and templates and applies them in her work on promoting wellbeing in the school. She also works in the field of mental health and emotional learning (SEL) for school children. She works closely with marginalized communities to foster well-being and empathy.



Srilatha Juvva is a social work educator and Professor with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai. She is a practitioner coach, trained in Dr. Monica Sharma’s Radical Transformational Leadership and applies this to transform higher education and in-service delivery for mental health and disability. She uses these tools and templates also to transform disempowering narratives of mental health and disability through fostering dignity, full potential and ethical leadership in people.

Dr. Monica Sharma trained as a physician and epidemiologist, worked for the United Nations since 1988 for 22 years. Currently, she engages worldwide as an International Expert and Practitioner on Leadership Development for sustainable and equitable change. She works with United Nations, Universities, Management Institutions, governments, business, media and civil society organisations. She is the author of the award-winning book “Radical Transformational Leadership: Strategic Action for Change Agents”. She created a unique response based on extensive application –a conscious full-spectrum model- that generated equitable and sustainable results related to several Sustainable Development Goals, worldwide. As a practitioner, her proven track record of generating measurable results at scale, expertise related to achieving sustainable development goals as well as enhancing leadership on every continent, are unique.




We have thousands of people across the world working for social justice. Simultaneously, cultural transformation based on universal values is essential to translate legal measures into reality for each person. Questions are being asked by people concerned with social justice across the world. The answers lie within us.

As Nelson Mandela said, “Poverty is not an accident. Like slavery and apartheid, it is man-made and can be removed by the actions of human beings.”

The universal declaration of human rights is based on fundamental universal values and ethics such as equality, justice dignity and peace. Further, it means that one embodies universal values such as equality and dignity as a foundation for action and be able to hold multiple perspectives and respect them without compromising universal values.  It also implies that social and political discourses transcend divisive forces and are based on foundational values even when there are differences of opinion. This would be the focus thus developing the ability to 'discern and live a way of life that benefits self and others'. 

Materialism is unfortunately, the measure of ‘success’ for many in today’s world. There is an imperative need for a massive response to the complex challenges currently faced by humanity, suggesting a holisticeducational approach at all levels - school, college, universities and life-long learning for citizens be one of the major strategies. This holistic education is aimed at developing individuals who embody universal values such as compassion, equality and dignity, and manifest change in their communities, society and the world anchored in this foundation. Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive; and without them, equality and justice will not become a reality for people. Majority of the people are desperate for change. In every village, every city and every country there are people imagining a better future, working for a better tomorrow. The dream of a more just, more peaceful, more equitable world is the shared collective vision of billions of people. And yet, with so many people imagining and working towards social transformation the changes we see are largely fragmented, incremental.


The course on “Universal Ethics and Youth Leadership” is unique due to the following reasons: Using cutting-edge value-based approaches, new generation thinking, and actions based on neuro-science and psychology, transformative changes have been generated in different areas worldwide. This new paradigm has its core the promise of a just and equitable world for all. It draws upon the innate space of universal values within people (individuals and communities) to plan and implement strategic change and generate measurable results. It develops the capacity of individuals, groups and communities to look within themselves to source their inner potential and universal values to ensure that their actions enable justice and equity for all. It strengthens them to envision new patterns and leverages systemic and cultural change and economic and social transformation. It generates action to create and foster breakthrough initiatives generating measurable results. It fosters spaces for self-reflection and wise action. And it creates platforms for others to source their inner potential and universal values, embody and apply them for results while being able to hold multiple perspectives and worldviews simultaneously. It recognises that to be effective, there must be coherence between intelligence, action and results.


This course fosters critical thinking and an inquiring mind; embodied understanding through praxis to find solutions that are equitable and sustainable for issues that concern us as individuals and communities; and sources universal values for creating alternatives, solving problems and generating results. It strengthens us to envision new patterns and leverage systemic and cultural change as well as economic and social transformation. It generates action to create and foster breakthrough initiatives generating measurable results. It fosters spaces for self-reflection and wise action; and creates platforms for others to source their inner potential and universal values, embody and apply them for results while being able to hold multiple perspectives and worldviews simultaneously. It recognises that to be effective, there must be coherence between universal values, intelligence, action and results. integrates three essential components of learning for students to be effective change makers for tomorrow.

The course content consists of 5 broad units, namely sourcing my universal values; designing change based on universal values and ethics; leading with others; accountability and responsibility; and ethical leadership. The course will include 30 hours of classroom teaching and 60 hours of practice. Each session begins with reflections on new learning and practice, deepening of student insights and gaining sharpness and clarity. The tools taught through this course cover a wide range of skills, for example listening and speaking, ability to manage and transform conversations, ability to distinguish between fact from interpretation, judgment and discernment, principled outrage and destructive anger, accountability and responsibility, practice integrity, design for change and transformation and being an ethical leader. The course includes application and practice during the intersession, ensuring students to imbue what they learn in classroom and apply it to their daily life.

This new paradigm promises a radically new approach by:       

  • Generating a new way to address the systems and cultural causes of poverty and depravation through action based on universal values and Universal ethics.

  • Enabling us to grapple with issues of identity and to transcend divisive social forces.

  • Seeing the invisible patterns that maintain status quo, making them visible and changing the ‘rules of the game’.

  • Designing initiatives to make a difference based on universal values.

  • Enhancing our capacity to understand the nature and patterns of power and domination, and transcend them, building one’s agency for responsible action.       

  • Transforming the notion of leadership and creating an environment that ensures justice and dignity for all.         


This strategy will allow for a new generation to fundamentally change the way they see themselves: as people capable of making extraordinary and transformational change; turning apathy and despair into hope and effective action for local communities as well as thousands of people on the planet.


  • To know myself, the universal values I stand for, and my identity; so that I transform and grow, as well as embrace diversity in others.

  • To know how to manifest my full potential to generate and lead equitable and sustainable change.

  • To recognize the invisible and interdependent patterns and structures that determine short-term and unsustainable development and generate new patterns that are sourced in inner potential and universal values and result in both immediate and long-term change.

  • To be able to hold universal values in action while holding multiple perspectives.

  • To understand the architecture for break-through initiatives that result in equitable and sustainable change by creating systems shifts and changing cultural norms at societal and community levels; and generating tangible and measurable results.

  • To lead and steward transformational change by aligning our values and actions; by speaking up and speaking out on ethical matters.

  • To reinvent personal success innovatively, integrating accountability and integrity; and manifesting the convergence of universal values, principles, purpose and practice.



  • Unit 1 Knowing self and my universal values (8 hours)           


  • Unit 2 Designing change based on universal values and ethics (8 hours)        

  • Unit 3 Leading with others (6 hours)


  • Unit 4 Accountability and responsibility (4 hours) 

  • Unit 5 Ethical Leadership (4 hours)

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