Newsletter – Issue #185* May 2017

International Institute For Global Leadership
Issue #185* May 2017
Asheville, NC. USA



Guest Editorial


Peace is the Way

Aloys Hakizimana (Rwanda)

The objective of this book is well précised by the author at the beginning of his book in the following terms: “to erase the groove of reacting by war, that has been worn in our minds and substituting it by a new way to respond when we are afraid or angry or even when we are not.” The new way which is the way of peace “can end suffering and oppression, not by warring against an enemy but by bearing witness to wrong and by allowing sympathy and common humanity to do their patient work.”

Deepak Chopra, the author of “Peace is the way” thinks that the worst enemy of peace is not evil as people could think, but chaos. As defined by the dictionaries, chaos is “a state of total confusion with no order.”

When you couple politics with ideology, you notice that politicians are ready to sacrifice human lives for safeguarding their positions. In Africa, we assist to various tensions between ethnic or supposed ethnic groups, not because these groups have problems between them, but because there are politicians behind them, pushing people to enter into conflicts for profiting the disorder and chaos for accessing to power. In the majority of cases, these politicians use young people who are not mature enough to understand the hidden agenda.

There are many ideas that need to be commented on, but as I said before, they are all converging on the necessity of creating peace around us. This the reason why I recommend everyone to become a peacemaker by respecting the peace week program stated:

Sunday: Being for peace by taking five minutes to meditate for peace

Monday: Thinking for peace by introducing the intention of peace in your thoughts

Tuesday: Feeling for peace by experiencing the emotions of peace (compassion, understanding and love)

Wednesday: Speaking for peace by telling someone how much you appreciate him/her, expressing genuine gratitude, offering healing or nurturing words to someone who needs them and showing respect to someone whose respect you value

Thursday: Acting for peace by helping someone in need

Friday: Creating for peace by coming up with at least one creative idea to resolve a conflict

Saturday: Sharing for peace by sharing your practice of peacemaking with two people.

I am trying to follow this calendar and I notice that it is very fruitful. If this weekly peace program was practiced by everyone, the world should become a paradise.

(Aloys is a Level Four Student).

What Others Are Saying

Paul Nwakuma Young (Nigeria)

It will not be too much to say that IIGLchanged my life, sustained my dreams
and achieved my goals. I have lived this life and have seen that everything is
actually possible to him that believes. I never believed I can meaningfully contribute to the world I lived in, until I discovered the potential which am made up of (that was after reading Psychocybernetics).

I love reading and in the year 2008, I wrote twobooks; “Your Integrity” and “The Sacrifice for the Kingdom.” I could not publish those books due to the resources and lack of experience. But I just believed I could be able to pour out my mind’s contents for the betterment of the world and now I am about making my first Publication, (The Power Within). As I joined IIGL, I could see my life in a new light. Upon joining IIGL, I actually developed the following qualities; Cooperativeness, with which I was able to partner with a friend and formed an online printing business nton.qom.Dg. Courage with which I was able to write my latest book “The Power Within.” Enhancing the power of failure with which I was able stand firm in the days of trouble and at the times I failed, and currently working in a book (In the days of my loneliness). I know that I am not who I use to be, my life have been affected by the life of great men I studied about, men who took the stand and fought the fight, some lost their lives but they are not gone, because they live in me forever.

What Our Students Are Reading

The Black Swan (2nd Edition) By: Nassim Nicholas Taleb $9.78

A black swan is an event, positive or negative, that is deemed improbable yet causes massive consequences. In this groundbreaking and prophetic book, Taleb shows in a playful way that Black Swan events explain almost everything about our world, and yet we especially the experts are blind to them. In this second edition, Taleb has added a new essay, On Robustness and Fragility, which offers tools to navigate and exploit a Black Swan world.

Students In Action

IIGL President Emeritus at YALI Leadership Center

IIGL President Emeritus and Graduate Noeline Kirabo (Uganda); recently attended the YALI Leadership Center. The YALI Regional Leadership Center East Africa, located at Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya serves 14 countries in East and Central Africa: Burundi, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. The Center is overseen by Deloitte East Africa and is supported by a growing number of African and international partners. Selected participants will engage in leadership training across three tracks of study: (1) Business and Entrepreneurship, (2) Civic Leadership, and (3) Public Management in a 4-week residential format with a focus on individual and team leadership skills, innovation, creative learning, and communication. The program’s emphasis is on interactive and experiential learning which fosters each participant’s ability to contribute both individually and in teams.

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2017 Annual Meeting Set for May 14, 2017

IIGL will be holding its Annual Meeting on Sunday May 14, 2017 from Lagos, Nigeria. Please look for a YAHOO email on the IIGL Message Board from Ziyad Abdule, IIGL Corresponding Secretary for directions on how to join the meeting either via telephone or online. This email will be sent by May 7, 2017 and will include the timing for the meeting. His email is if you have questions. All financial contributors and active students are invited!

Register for the IIGL/ICLDNG 2017 Annual Conference in Lagos

Registration has begun for the IIGL/ICLDNG 2017 Annual Conference in Lagos Nigeria 12th-14th May, 2017in Lagos Nigeria! We have a great line-up of five accomplished and inspiring presenters. This amazing conference is your opportunity to:
Receive 6+ hours of leadership training with a certificate of completion
Engage in our interactive conference sessions, build collaboration, teamwork and trust
Learn from challenges and success stories from IIGL students and identify your own leadership strengths and areas to improve
Hear from, and be inspired by, global thought leaders
Network with students, graduates and speakers
Be a part of a wonderful educational and fun event!
For Registration:

In Africa, please contact Felix at: +234 703 822 2687 (mobile) or email:

International, please contact Kathleen at: +1 505-501-7000 (mobile) or email:

Meet Our New Students

We had no new students this month.

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Visionary Leadership

Student Progress

We had 9 students from 6 countries complete a total of 13 books in April. These students were from Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Rwanda and Uganda.

Bekala Ibrahim (Ethiopia)

* Keys to Success

Vivian Muciri (Kenya)

* Mindset

James Trotman (Liberia)

* Awaken the Giant Within

Stephen Alechenu (Nigeria)

* How to Win Friends and Influence People

Aishatu Ibrahim (Nigeria)

* This Child will be Great

Adeosun Oluwatosin Isaac (Nigeria)

* Nonviolent Communication

Ola Makinde (Nigeria)

* The Generalissimo and the Struggle for Modern China

Aloys Hakizimana (Rwanda)

* 12 Hours to a Great Marriage

* Creating Money

* Peace is the Way

* The Essential Gandhi

Juliette A. Engole (Uganda)

* Emotional Intelligence

* Failing Forward


Ayoade Anthony (Nigeria) completed Level Seven and became IIGL’s 21st Graduate!


New Enrollments
4 enrolled in April
11 enrolled in 2017

Book Assessments
13 in April
42 in 2017

Books Shipped
7 in April
48 in 2017

Cost of Books
$53.89 in April
$867.82 in 2017

You Make It Possible

We extend a special thanks to the following individuals and/or organizations who contributed to IIGL last month. Your ongoing support makes this work possible.

Deb Silver (Israel)

Lynne Murguia (USA/AZ)

Corine Wilson (USA/FL)

John Hornecker (USA/NC)

Michael Lightweaver (USA/NC)

Janis Thayer (USA/NC)

Deb Rosen (USA/WI)

Patrice Zorn (USA/WI)

Make A Difference

Dream Team 22

Please join Dream Team 22 as our goal is to have 220 people contributing $22 per month. We understand that money is energy and that to sustain and build IIGL we need a lot of people pouring their energy into this endeavor on a regular basis. We also know that not everyone can afford to commit $22 a month – especially our students, who live in countries with economies in which this amount can be equal to a weeks’ salary. So we are offering two options for those who wish to become a part of the Dream Team. One can commit to a $22 a month contribution or to spending 22 seconds each day holding the vision of IIGL becoming financially sustainable by the end of 2016.

Will you join the Dream Team and help us create an energetic foundation to support the transformational work of IIGL? You can really make a difference in the world by making a modest contribution of time or money. To make the $22 a month commitment or a one time donation, click the link below. To become a member of the Dream Team 22 by committing 22 second a day to help us hold the vision, contact Deb for details:

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