International Institute For Global Leadership
Issue #203 * November 2018
Asheville, NC USA
Juliette Engole (Uganda)
My search for significance was heightened by a statement I heard while listening to an audio teaching by Stephen Covey. He said, “When we find our voice, then we shall help others find theirs.” This profound statement came at a time when I was battling with the meaning of life. At the time I felt like I was living way below my potential.
My internal world was at war with my external world: the ideal versus the physical plane reality. I had dreams and aspirations that I intensely desired to accomplish, and this was causing so much frustration because I did not know how to proceed; no clear sense of direction. My life had no meaning. I was simply just a breathing entity. It was about that same time that a friend introduced me to IIGL. She told me about the program and she was confident I would like it because she knew I had a passion for reading.
Significance links to Purpose
Purpose is why we are created. It is the reason we exist. When purpose is realized and lived by, it brings meaning and gives direction. A life without direction is like a ship without a rudder. It is simply at sea and going nowhere. My life at the time felt the same. I was on this path called “life,” fully equipped with all I needed to make a difference in the world, yet did not know how to do it. When I applied to be a student at IIGL, I was asked to write something about myself. The questions were thought- provoking. As I wrote my story, dreams and aspirations, I felt a ray of hope begin to arise on the horizon. The dream was still alive!
The first two books that were sent to me were “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” and “As a Man Thinketh.” I cannot ably express what I went through at the time. All I can say is that as I was reading these books, they were ridding me of all the limitations I had put upon myself. My mind suddenly opened to all the possibilities and potential that were available on my path. A deep longing and hunger for more was the result.
By the time I was through with Levels One and Two of the studies, I was sure that my life was meant to be significant. My purpose and reason for being were being brought to surface. The array of books provided answers to all the questions I had been pondering for so long. Level Three was what I now term “the surgery.” I had never had a time like it before. At this level I had to engage in critical thinking. I was faced with real life-changing questions. I was given an opportunity to re-write my script and challenge the status quo. I found out at this point that I could create the future I desired. I may not have control over what happens outside but I do have the control over what happens within.
The purpose for my life, I discovered, is to make the world a better place while I am in it, knowing that there will be others following when I am gone. The reason I have been endowed with so much talent, so much intelligence and wisdom is that I be able to influence others for the better and that by doing so, my life will have meaning and significance.
As a result of discovering my purpose, I am now confident and full of positive esteem. These were things I struggled with because I thought I was not good enough: looks, intelligence, ability, ad infinitum. I now understand that I am unique for a reason. I was wonderfully designed to do what I was created for. My significance was amplified through knowing that I have what it takes to impact a life positively by being true to who I am.
I am grateful to IIGL and all its partners who have made it possible for me to have access to their life changing books. The opportunity and privilege of choosing those I preferred in Level Four to my current Level Six is something I do not take lightly and as a result I have been able to share much knowledge and information.
My own knowledge base has expanded and I am confident that my leadership will stand the test of time. Today I am able to articulate my passions, goals, dreams, aspirations and purpose without hesitation. I know what I want to do and that I have been equipped with the tools to do it. My leadership skill has been honed to the degree that I am now in leadership positions in various endeavors. Like a butterfly, I have emerged from my cocoon ready to make the world a better place by transforming lives and communities through the knowledge and skills acquired from IIGL.
(Juliette is an IIGL Graduate and current Board Member. This is an excerpt from the new IIGL book, Creating Your Path Through Leadership).
What Others Are Saying
Kathleen Oweegon (USA/NM)
Over my lifetime, I have volunteered for many non-profits and served on the boards of several. Nothing compares to my experience with IIGL! IIGL lives its mission by helping students all over the world increase their knowledge, their wisdom and their empowerment in ways they never imagined possible. Watching IIGL and its students grow and blossom over the years has been inspiring and gratifying. Although economic and other challenges are an ongoing part of our journey, our students inspire us to achieve great things in spite of the challenges we face, because that is what our students do each and every day.
This year, in a collaboration that began with an idea from one of our 2017 graduates (now the President of our Board of Directors), the IIGL graduates and board of directors recently published a book of their own, titled “Creating Your Path Through Leadership” (available on Amazon), which is filled with inspirational stories of the life changes brought about by their implementation of what they have learned through the IIGL studies. Our hope is that it will provide others with the hope, courage and perseverance they need to strive to become great leaders in their own right.
(Kathleen is a current IIGL Board Member, Contributor and Mentor)
What our Students are Reading
Difficult Conversations Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton and Sheila Heen $13.70
We attempt or avoid difficult conversations every day-whether dealing with an underperforming employee, disagreeing with a spouse, or negotiating with a client. From the Harvard Negotiation Project, the organization that brought you “Getting toYes,” Difficult Conversations provides a step-by-step approach to having those tough conversations with less stress and more success. You’ll learn how to:
· Decipher the underlying structure of every difficult conversation
· Start a conversation without defensiveness
· Listen for the meaning of what is not said
· Stay balanced in the face of attacks and accusations
· Move from emotion to productive problem solving
Students/Graduates In Action
IIGL Graduate and Past President Graduates from Acumen Fellowship
Congratulations to IIGL Graduate and Past President Noeline Kirabo (Uganda); firstname.lastname@example.org for completing the Acumen Fellowship in October. The purpose of the Acumen Fellowship is to equip extraordinary leaders with the capacity to positively transform society. This year’s cohort of 64 Fellows are tackling some of their region’s greatest challenges and inspiring their communities to believe in a brighter future. Over the course of the year, they remained in their full-time jobs while taking part in five seminars designed to help them adapt to challenging environments and work collaboratively across lines of difference. After the year’s end, they join the global network of more than 400 leaders exchanging ideas and tools to make a greater impact in their communities. Noeline shared, “This amazing life transforming journey took on another shape. I have been so inspired and challenged to be the best version of me.”
Valuable Resources for Personal & Planetary Transformation
World Resources Institute (WRI)
The World Resources Institute (WRI) is a global research organization that spans more than 50 countries, with offices in the United States, China, India, Brazil, Indonesia and more. They have more than 700 experts and staff work closely with leaders to turn big ideas into action to sustain our natural resources; the foundation of economic opportunity and human well-being. Their work focuses on six critical issues at the intersection of environment and development: climate, energy, food, forests, water, and cities and transport.
IIGL Named to the 2018 List of Great NonProfits for 6th Consecutive Year!
IIGL recently received notice that we have been approved on the Great NonProfits list again in 2018 thanks to student and contributor testimonials! Thank you for your help! Here’s the message from them:
“Congratulations! INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR GLOBAL LEADERSHIP INC has earned a spot on the 2018 Top Rated List! Your community has shared their inspiring stories about your work. We congratulate you on all of your accomplishments. You’ll be featured on our site, our 2018 Top-Rated List, and distributed to media and corporate foundations. The official 2018 Top-Rated List will be announced after October 31.”
To review what has been written or add a testimonial, visit here: http://greatnonprofits.org/reviews/write/international-institute-for-global-leadership-inc.
IIGL Book Now Available in Paperback!
The IIGL Board of Directors is happy to announce that our 1st IIGL book, “Creating Your Path Through Leadership” is now available both on Kindle and in Paperback on Amazon.com! Check it out! A portion of each purchase is deposited to IIGL as a Royalty payment. Here’s the link: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=dp_byline_sr_book_1…
Meet Our New Students
We had no new students this month
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We had 8 students from 4 countries complete a total of 8 books in October. These students were from Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria and Uganda.
Vivian Muciri (Kenya)
* What in the World are you Waiting For?
Benjamin D. Yeagar (Liberia)
* Success through a Positive Mental Attitude
Onyema Augusta (Nigeria)
* Success through a Positive Mental Attitude
Kelechukwu Iruoma (Nigeria)
Fawolu Lilian (Nigeria)
* Awaken the Giant Within
Sunday Obarinu (Nigeria)
* Nonviolent Communication
Nwakuma Dominic Paul (Nigeria)
* You Just Don’t Understand
Anita Kiddu (Uganda)
* Real Magic
Vivian Muciri (Kenya) completed Level Six and Seven. Congratulations on becoming the 27th IIGL Graduate!
2 enrolled in October
33 enrolled in 2018
8 in October
120 in 2018
13 in October
67 in 2018
Cost of Books
$476.36 in October
$1,581.79 in 2018