Issue #268 *April 2024

International Institute For Global Leadership

Issue #268 *April 2024
Asheville, NC USA

Guest Editorial

Creating your Path through Leadership

Okot Stephen (Uganda)

Below are some highlights from a recent assessment:

“Everything rises and falls on Leadership. Leadership truly develops from the inside out. If you can become the leader you ought to be on the inside, you will be able to become the leader you want to be on the outside.”

This quote emphasizes the central role of leadership in the success or failure of any endeavor. This statement asserts that leadership is the key determinant of outcomes in various aspects of life, whether in organizations, communities, or society at large. It suggests that effective leadership is critical for driving progress, achieving goals, and overcoming challenges. The phrase that “Leadership truly develops from the inside out.” highlights the idea that genuine leadership begins with self-awareness, personal growth, and values-driven behavior. It implies that effective leaders cultivate inner qualities such as integrity, empathy, and vision, which serve as the foundation for their external leadership actions. 

“If you can become the leader you ought to be on the inside, you will be able to become the leader you want to be on the outside” emphasizes the importance of aligning internal values and character with external leadership behaviors. It suggests that authentic leadership stems from analogy between one’s inner convictions and outward actions.

“In every seeming adversity there is the seed of an equal or greater benefit.” 

This statement emphasizes that even in situations that appear negative or challenging, there exists the potential for positive outcomes or opportunities. It encourages leaders to look beyond immediate setbacks and recognize the hidden potential for growth or improvement.

“Every challenge carries a gift.” 

This phrase reinforces the idea that challenges are not merely problems to be overcome but also contain valuable lessons or benefits. It encourages individuals to approach difficulties with an open mind, seeking to extract meaningful insights or opportunities for development.

“One book can change a mind. One mind can change the world.” 

The first part of this quote emphasizes the transformative power of education and knowledge acquisition. It suggests that a single book, with its ideas, insights, and perspectives, has the potential to profoundly influence an individual’s thinking and worldview. Reading can broaden perspectives, challenge beliefs, and spark new ideas, leading to personal growth and development. The second part of this quote underscores the ripple effect of individual transformation. When a person’s mindset shifts or evolves as a result of new knowledge or understanding, they may be inspired to take action and make a positive difference in the world. Whether through advocacy, innovation, leadership, or other means, a single individual has the potential to catalyze significant change and impact on a global scale.

“Leaders are readers and influence others only to the level of their own competence.”

This statement emphasizes the correlation between leadership effectiveness and the leader’s knowledge and skills. It suggests that leaders who are devoted readers and consistently seek to expand their knowledge base are better equipped to inspire and influence others. Additionally, it implies that leaders can only lead others effectively up to the extent of their own competence and expertise.

“You cannot lead people where you have not been.”

This statement underscores the importance of experiential knowledge and leading by example. Effective leadership often requires firsthand experience and understanding of the challenges and contexts encountered by those being led. Leaders who have navigated similar experiences are better positioned to empathize with and guide their followers.

 (Stephen is a Level One Student).

What Others Are Saying

Francis Maundu (Kenya)

What Have You Learned? How Have You Changed?

I started IIGL while in High school, finishing Level One and Two studies it has been very educative, informative and more so fun to study.  It has been like unleashing my potential in an earlier age, besides high school studies, I have gained skills for survival, I have learned on how to use my brain effectively and become a more better person in the society.

I am becoming more vibrant, conscious in every aspect of my life, and this has helped me to assist other youths in the society, many a times I have been given chances to speak with youths in positive behavior change, and how to gain more in the society by being focus and also be good ambassador in advocating a drug free society in youths. IIGL taught me the importance of flexibility in life that is why I changed my attitude, especially coming from  a slum it needs patience, courage and be resilience in order to overcome the odds, this is a place whereby you need skills for survival, it’s a den of all evil things, drug abuse is the order of the day, crime is not a big deal, dropping from school it is normal, but after getting the right people and mentor from IIGL, I changed my perspective and decided to be a better person, it is not a walk in the park to complete High school or primary level education in the slums, there are a lot of distractions, young girls below 15 years they are impregnated and also young boys as earlier as 13 years already are in criminal activities.

I learned to overcome the fear within and turn the invisible into visible. So many people are not living their dreams because they are living with fear, I know life will always try to make things difficult for me, especially in my case where even having a one day meal was an issue, but after joining IIGL I knew that fear will not build me but break my strength , I started facing my fears boldly and through that I found out that there was nothing to fear in the first place, fear of dropping from school not completing my studies, fear that we will be chased out of our house due to house rent, but I found out that the more I feared nothing worked out, fear will never solve our problems, as the saying goes what doesn’t kill you, strengthens you, through al I have undergone I speak boldly and even people do say that I am changed and very much brave and determined.

To the founder and Dean of studies/students I like to echo for giving us this platform to transform our lives positively.  These studies are a life changer.  It is a manual for a better life and a better society it speaks to our brains directly, to our health our soul and it is indeed a wonderful and noble course to take, through this studies it has made me a totally different person in terms of reason , in terms of our I see things and in terms of interaction, also it has given me knew friends whom we think critically and more so in a positive life transformation, knowledge shared is power shared, or this institution sharing the books, knowledge, time and mentorship is transformation of the universe. I understand we have young leaders who are doing better in the society making it a good place; that one person can change a community.  It is like when we plant a seed it sprouts to so many fruits that can feed a community.  It is the same with IIGL, the impact of IIGL is felt in different countries, that I know one day one time the world will come together through IIGL to have positive solutions to have a better world, a world for all nation.

I have also learned that respect and being thankful for everything is a virtue that should be uphold in the society, through respect you are respected back, people will see who you reciprocate before they reciprocate back, what goes round comes round, we need to embrace IIGL, for it is all the society needs for a better world. It cuts across all professionals without discrimination, we are all equal in IIGL, and that is why even the set-up is standard that even my old grandmother can understand the language without biasness. Long live IIGL and I look forward to learn more and more.

(Francis is a Level Three Student). 

What are Students are Reading

The Power of Self Confidence (Ebook)

This book explains how to increase your “mental fitness” by thinking like top performers feel in every field.  Little by little you build up and maintain ever-higher levels of self-confidence in everything you do.   

Students/Graduates In Action 

Celebration of International Women’s Day and New Book Published!

IIGL Graduate and Past Board President Noeline Kirabo (Uganda) recently led a gathering acknowledging International Women’s Day in Uganda.  She recently shared, “Yesterday marked a milestone as I hosted my first women’s event, and I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the amazing women who graced the occasion. Together, we prayed, prophesied, and sought divine impartation; creating an atmosphere of unity and empowerment. Every journey has a starting point, and I’m thrilled to have initiated this one. Your talent determines what you can do.  Your motivation determines how much you are willing to do.  Your attitude determines how well you do it.”  

In addition, Noeline announced that her new book, Finding your Passion is part of the Wiley publishing family and available on Amazon in Paperback or Kindle formats!  The audio version is also coming soon!    We know this has taken a lot of hard work!  Congratulations Noeline!

Valuable Resources for Personal and Planetary Transformation

Thinking Huts

It all begins with a vision. Our story begins over 8 years ago when the founder, Maggie was 15 years old with a vision to create opportunities through education.  Born in a rural village in Dawa, Hubei, she was adopted at 18 months old and up in the USA.  From a young age, Maggie knew her “why” and understood education’s power in changing lives.  At the heart of the mission lives our values, of honesty compassion innovation and empowerment.  The mission is to increase global access to education infrastructure by building 3D printed schools with communities in developing countries where they are needed most.  Started in 2015, Maggie now 23 is leading 3D printing projects in 3 villages in Madagascar. 


2024-2025 Board of Director Nominations

Once again it is time to establish the 2024-2025 IIGL Board of Directors! Active students working on Level Two studies and higher may be considered.  Also IIGL graduates and contributors are eligible. The deadline is May 25, 2024. Please email Vivian Muciri, at to our current IIGL President if you have any questions or Deb at   

Help IIGL Recruit New Students!

Feel free to share this newsletter or just this poster with your friends, family, co-workers and colleagues to help IIGL continue to grow and flourish globally!  Thank you to those who have referred others! 

IIGL Book Sales Continue…   

The IIGL Board of Directors shared that the IIGL book, “Creating Your Path Through Leadership” book sales continue to provide a Royalty payment to IIGL each month. It has also helped new potential donors understand more about IIGL!  The book is available both on Kindle and in Paperback on!  Check it out!   Here’s the link:… 

Meet Our New Students

There was 1 new student this month.

Peter Moranga (Kenya)

I am a Kenya citizen, a father and a husband of one wife of female gender, with three children, one boy and two girls who are tanagers.  I am a diploma holder in electrical engineering and at the moment I am self employed and own a wielding firm whereby we supply, metallic doors that we make, windows and many more. I have managed to employ 6 young men and I also offer some basic tips for electrical safety to my community. I could like to participate in this program for self growth and acquire new skills that will help me in my daily life and help other people in my community.

To view complete profiles, Click Here

Student Progress

We had 7 students from 5 countries complete a total of 10 books in March. These students were from Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

Peter Moranga (Kenya)

* As a Man Thinketh

* Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Mohhamed Sannoh (Liberia)

* Maximum Achievement

Mwesigwa Enock Joseph (Nigeria)

* PsychoCybernetics

Atinuke Oyewunmi (Nigeria)

* Goal Mapping

Anastasia Elebiju (Nigeria)

* How to Sell Yourself

Stephen Okot (Uganda)

* Awaken the Giant Within

* Creating your Path through Leadership

* Maximum Achievement

Cheurombo Pswarayi (Zimbabwe)

* How to Sell Yourself

The following students have completed one or more levels of study this month

Adebayo Christianah Kemi (Nigeria) completed Level Three

Stephen Okot (Uganda) completed Level One


New Enrollments
3 enrolled in March
8 enrolled in 2024

Book Assessments
10 in March

44 in 2024

Books Shipped

5 in March

5 in 2024

Cost of Books
$70.11 in March

$70.11 in 2024

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) In Blessed Memory

John Hornecker (USA/NC)

Michael Lightweaver (USA/NC)

Kathleen Oweegon (USA/OR)

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 22 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 2024!

Please 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:

Checks on US banks, payable to the International Institute For Global Leadership, can be mailed to IIGL, 11537 N. Lake Shore Drive, Mequon, WI  53092 USA. Contributions may also be made by credit card by clicking the link below. Contributions are tax deductible under the 501 (c) 3 tax code of the United States Internal Revenue Service.

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