Issue #263 *November 2023

International Institute For Global Leadership
Issue #263 *November 2023
Asheville, NC USA







Guest Editorial

Leadership for Dummies
Anastasia Elebiju (Nigeria)


Below are some key points with examples from a recent student assessment

Pinning down the meaning of leadership: This idea got my attention because the author vividly explained the meaning of leading, he talked about understanding the difference between leadership leading and being a leader. Knowing what it takes to be an engaging leader and also deciding personally what leadership truly means to me. Here we are asked to pin the meaning of leadership down so that by doing so one can be able to really know and understand what is expected of us as a leader. That is what you expect of yourself and others may expect from you. By so doing I will be able to work progressively on becoming the great leader that I inspire to be. Leadership is a process; we grow in doing it and understand things better as we do so while leading is more of an activity. In leading my team, I need to involve them in contributing to the teams’ objective like contributing to decision making and taking actions to implement those decisions.

Leading yourself: This idea got my attention because it talked about leading from the inside out, knowing myself from within and become a good and better leader on the outside. This idea made me to ask myself some questions, if I don’t really know myself, how can I lead others, if I don’t know my strengths and weakness, how can I manage other people at their lowest? The people I am leading is just like a reflection of myself in a group and in a different body. So I need to know myself very well in order to become an authentic leader. I need to develop my self confidence, be my best critic, criticize myself even though it is me, and also harnessing the power of reflection and discover how to lead from my own personal experience believing in myself, setting my goals and working towards achieving them, believe! Believe and leave doubting Thomas to doubt him self.

Singing your leadership song: This idea got my attention because the author talked about; knowing when you are out of tone with your values; appreciating the value of your values; getting in tune with others. Leadership in this phrase is just like singing a song and when you are out of tune people tend not to enjoy your music anymore, so as a leader it is good to always know when you are out of tune and work towards fine tuning your music to the one that is pleasant to the ears and acknowledge that it is not good and it doesn’t feel right. One has to be an authentic leader, authentic leader knows themselves and they are genuine and they know what is important and what’s not there by making them to know the values and their actions and behavior are always aligned or congruent with those values.

Discovering that you have more influence than you think: Your success is influencing people and situations in as much down to your mindset as to you having a particular skill. You can either be a victim of change or an agent of change. Accepting to being an agent of change means you are likely to look for opportunity to improve the performance of your organization and bring in new innovations and creativity. Discovering that you have more influence than you think is an idea that got my attention, because last Sunday in my church, I was surprised when a member of leadership team walked up to me and asked me If I will accept to be part of the leadership team, that if I accept to join that she will be glad to nominate me into the leadership team of the church. I was so surprised, because I didn’t see that coming, so most times we don’t even know the impact we create by the little things we do, people see it and they use it to judge us whether good or bad.

(Anastasia just began Level Three and is our IIGL Intern)

What Others Are Saying
Roger Tuyishime (Rwanda)

What I’ve Learned
During this program or the time I have spent, I have learned few actually, I know that learning is a process, I cannot say that there is much, but few that I have learned has made in impact on my life, I first learned to be confident, to believe that everything is going to be ok, before I used to spent more time thinking about my life, who am I, what am I capable of and I would not find the result, that would freak me out and that would stuck me from even thinking about the future, but after , with different characters that I learned who believed in themselves like Jonathan Livingston (The seagull), I started to not to worry, to believe that I can do something great. Before I ignored the power of subconscious mind, if I keep telling my mind negative thoughts, results also will be negative, if positive everything will be great these theory help me as I had decided to stop worrying and positive resulted coming all the way, I cannot say that it is enough, I am still finding my way like to find a business that I can even inherit my kid, in other words there is still much to do. The journey has started and I am positive that it will work out. I haven’t master the power of subconscious mind yet to the fullest, as sometimes I talk during sleep, or after I have consumed alcohol and I would say things that are harmful to my surroundings, I wonder if there is a way I can control those thoughts. I used to lose control of mind, I used to drink much and I would do things that I would regret tomorrow, things I cannot even remember except being told by others, you did this and so on. I cannot say that it has stopped on rate of 100% but I am on 80% of my journey and I believe that I will make it. The first thing is to know the problem, to accept that you are sick, and then people around you accept to help you, and start the therapy, during these therapy I have took time to know the causes of my behaviors, like I have discovered that liquors affect me and my brain to the point I do things that I will never know except being told, and it is affecting my social life, my marriage, and soon my kid will be grown he could try to copy his dad’s behavior. That is the reason I should change. And I changed because I took time to know the problem, it is true that before when I was living by own I did not know that it is the problem, but by the time I got married it is the time I came to know that my behaviors are harmful, that I have to change, I did not choose to stay like that but I believe in change all thanks to IIGL.

Actually I have spent time inactive as IIGL student, I believed that the reason was work but I was lying to myself, how could I loose few minutes to read or write some assignment, what I did not realize was that it is lack of self-control, I could plan for my whole day how could I fail to spare 15 minutes doing an assignment that help me analysis my life. This is something new that I have actually learned, time management, in the morning I sit for a while and think about things I should do, thinks that I have to solve no matter what, though my work is very unexpected, I cannot know what it is going to be like unless it is time, but there are those issues I have to solve, like orders I have to make, delivery I have to deliver, tax declaration and payments, things I should purchase for home; all of those in order to not forget it is better if I write down a stick not and hang on my desk and I set time that thing should be done, it is the same case as we make a study plan though it may be adjustable when you set a deadline it helps you in achieving things on time or even quicker.

What are Students are Reading
Atomic Habits (Ebook)
This book by James Clear is a comprehensive, practical guide on how to change your habits and get 1% better every day. Using a framework called the Four Laws of Behavior Change, Atomic Habits teaches readers a simple set of rules for creating good habits and breaking bad ones. Read the full summary to glean 3 key lessons from Atomic Habits, learn how to build a habit in 4 simple steps, and get a handy reference guide for the strategies recommended throughout the book.

Students/Graduates In Action
IIGL Board Hosts October Master Class!
IIGL Board President Vivian Muciri (Kenya) facilitated a Master Class called “Unlocking your Potential” on October 18. The guest speaker was Peter Waithakam also from Kenya A special thanks to the Board for organizing this class open to IIGL students, graduates and anyone interested in Leadership! To listen to the replay, go to:

Valuable Resources for Personal & Planetary Transformation
Amnesty International

Around the world, there are people being tortured, attacked, or imprisoned solely because of who they are or what they believe. Amnesty’s work on these issues is core to their mission and dates back to their founding in 1961. Amnesty International was founded on the idea that ordinary people around the world could end these human rights abuses by taking action on behalf of other people. Through their Individuals at Risk work, millions of messages have been sent to governments around the world; giving hope to people in dire circumstances, and ultimately helping to stop torture, find people who were forcibly disappeared, protect human rights defenders, and to free thousands of prisoners of conscience who were unjustly imprisoned.

IIGL Named to the 2023 List of Great Nonprofits for the 11th Consecutive Year!
IIGL recently received notice that we have been approved on the Great Nonprofits list again in 2023 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 2023 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 2023 Top-Rated List, and distributed to media and corporate foundations. The official 2023 Top-Rated List will be announced after October 31.”
To review what has been written or add a testimonial, visit here:

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 were 3 new students this month.

Julius Omoga (Kenya)
I was born in 1980, in Kisii, being the third born in my family, and gone through educational life, from primary level to college. I have worked with various companies. I worked with a pharmaceutical company, as a causal laborer for 6 years, in different department, tabulation department, packing and dispatching goods, labeling and identification, compression department.

Otso Philip Akpawo (Nigeria)
I am a 31-year-old native of Nasarawa, a pivotal state in Nigeria’s middle belt, embodies a fervent dedication to excellence. Armed with a profound passion for his pursuits, I stand as a resolute graduate endowed with formidable communication skills. My educational adventure led me through the corridors of the Federal Polytechnic Nasarawa, finishing with the attainment of a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Statistics, adorned with the accolade of Upper Credit. I sat for the West Africa Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) at the Polytechnic Academy in 2011 where I came graduated with an excellent result.

Theocracy Helen (Nigeria)
I am a dedicated graduate of Criminology and Security Studies from the prestigious University of Jos in Nigeria, I am committed to justice, fairness, and societal betterment. With a profound affinity for research, a zest for acquiring new languages, and an unquenchable thirst for meeting diverse individuals, I epitomize a modern-day advocate for positive change. My journey in the realm of Criminology and Security Studies has been a transformative one, as my academic pursuits have not only honed me knowledge but have also ignited a passion within me to tackle the profound issues surrounding crime and security.

To view complete profiles, Click Here

Student Progress
We had 9 students from 3 countries complete a total of 21 books in October. These students were from Kenya, Nigeria and Zimbabwe.

Francis Maundu (Kenya)
* Goal Mapping

Julius Omoga (Kenya)
* As a Man Thinketh
* Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Otso Philip Akpawo (Nigeria)
* As a Man Thinketh
* Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Olamide Balogun (Nigeria)
* The Law of Attraction

Anastasia Elebiju (Nigeria)
* Goals
* Leadership for Dummies
* Nonviolent Communication
* The Law of Attraction
* Unlimited Power

Sunday Elebiju (Nigeria)
* Agri-preneurship
* Atomic Habits
* Biography of Rudolph Steiner
* Building Confidence
* Empire of Business
* How to Generate Great Ideas
Theocracy Helen (Nigeria)
* As a Man Thinketh
* Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Atinuke Oyewunmi (Nigeria)
* Leadership for Dummies
Stella-filda Nyamande (Zimbabwe)
* Success through a Positive Mental Attitude

The following students completed one or more level of studies this month:
Anastasia Elebiju (Nigeria) completed Level Two
Sunday Elebiju (Nigeria) completed Level 6, 7 and became IIGL’s 35th Graduate!
Atinuke Oyewunmi (Nigeria) completed Level One
Salad Halane (Somalia) completed Level Three

New Enrollments
6 enrolled in October
44 enrolled in 2023

Book Assessments
21 in October
148 in 2023

Books Shipped
0 in October
0 in 2023

Cost of Books
$0 in October
$0 in October

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 2023!

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:

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