Issue #265 *January 2024

International Institute For Global Leadership

Issue #265 *January 2024
Asheville, NC USA

Guest Editorial
Update from IIGL Founder
Michael Lightweaver (USA/NC)

Recently IIGL founder Michael Lightweaver shared this message:

Hi, If you saw my posting on October 18th you know that Changes are afoot at the Sanctuary. We closed the Sanctuary on November 15th and won’t be reopening until our buildings are all brought up to codes. It remains to be seen when that will happen. I have set the intention that a new owner will emerge who has the resources, energy and vision to steward the Sanctuary into it’s next incarnation so that it will reopen, renewed, and continue to serve guests who are seeking some time apart in nature. Hopefully that will take place in 2024. As of the first of the year I am launching a new project as well as reactivating my private practice, offering Guidance and Stargate Hypnosis.

Along with Kathleen Oweegon (USA/OR);, who has been a long time IIGL Board member and mentor we are launching a new venture is called the “Planetary Transformation Project.” You can visit it at:  One of its goals is to support young “change makers” with priority given to projects led by IIGL students and graduates.  If you have a project that you feel might quality for consideration you can contact Michael!  Also, if this project inspires you to become a  supporter; reach out as well to learn more.

If you would like to know more about what I am offering with the Guidance and Stargate Hypnosis you can see the description at At the present time I am traveling for the winter and offering the Guidance sessions by phone. When I return to the Sanctuary in the Spring I will be available to do both of these in person. If you have questions you can email me at Michael

What Others Are Saying
Anastasia Elebiju (Nigeria)

What have I Learned?

My journey with IIGL started in 2021, prior to 2021 my husband told me about IIGL, but I didn’t show any interest, especially when he told me I was going to be reading some books, I didn’t see the needs to because I felt I didn’t have the time to but along the line I was motivated to start because of my environment and situation I was in, then I needed to read to take my mind off somethings so I thought. I am glad I began this journey because the story has changed. When I got my first book As a Man Thinketh, it was a great game changer for me at that point, because I have to loose touch with so many things of life, the book was like a medicine to my body and my soul. I began to see things differently, my thought patterns changed from one of negative energy to positive and of hope. When I got married in 2016/2017, I had lots of hope about how am going to live and have a better life, but this became mere dream as my husband suggested that we moved close to where our fish farm is which was outskirt of town and houses were less expensive, but this affected me in the aspect of getting a job and this made me struggle, since the income is only from one source which was not even enough to sustain the family. This made me live a sad life for so long having lived in that same location for four years and having kids made it more difficult to move out of the location. But when I started IIGL in 2021, I began to see my environment in a more different way, I seized the opportunity of learning a trade. It wasn’t easy as my kids were still small and I had no nanny, but something in me was pushing me. Somehow in 2021 still God was so kind, we relocated to the capital city and things started changing and it is still changing. IIGL has made me see things in a different way. The way I communicate with people, my belief system, my leadership skills and abilities in working places has really changed even my dream to become a clinical psychologist is gradually gaining ground in my life as I have learned goal setting and how to achieve it. This has helped me to create and set goals and have plans on how to achieve them.

There are some areas IIGL has changed about me:

First, my view of the world: IIGL changed my view of the world. The way I saw and viewed the world four years ago is not the same as today. All the books I read in my level one assessment really changed my life and helped me to become a better person. From books like As a Man Thinketh, Jonathan Livingston Seagul, PsychoCybernetics, how to make friends to mention a few. All these books were a game changer for how I perceived the world to be. My personality and interactions with others changed, I became a more understanding person, I learned how to relate with people the most and those books helped shape my mind to become a better person. I now view the world as a small village where we need each other for a better living. Great relationships matter in life and it is necessary to keep them handy as no man is an island.

Second, Responding to things: most of the time before I started this study, I react to unpleasant things the way they come, thereby leaving me heartbroken or regretting my actions afterwards. My study with IIGL has changed that I have now realized that I don’t have to use the same energy some situations present themselves, I can use another approach to solve the situation.

Third, my belief system: my belief system has really changed, I have become more intentional about what I believe in. IIGL has made me believe that everything is possible, that I can achieve it if I believe in it, even if I cannot see it yet, so far as I have had it in my thoughts I should believe and it will come to pass. Before IIGL I used to have fears, I worry over every little thing, even had to cancel some thoughts when it comes to mind because I used to believe they are way bigger than me, I will not be able to achieve it, but with this study I have realized that everything started with a thought and believe, just start it and you will get there.

(Anastasia is a Level Four Student).

What are Students are Reading

Crucial Conversations

The book that revolutionized business communications has been updated for today’s workplace. Crucial Conversations provides powerful skills to ensure every conversation especially difficult ones leads to the results you want. Written in an engaging and witty style, it teaches readers how to be persuasive rather than abrasive, how to get back to productive dialogue when others blow up or clam up and it offers powerful skills for mastering high-stakes conversations, regardless of the topic or person.

Students/Graduates In Action

Congratulations to IIGL Corresponding Secretary!

IIGL Board Corresponding Secretary and Level Five Student Cheu Pswaray; recently shared she completed her law degree in December!  Please join us in wishing Cheu Congratulations on this wonderful achievement!

Valuable Resources for Personal & Planetary Transformation
Empathy Circle

An Empathy Circle is a structured dialogue process that effectively supports meaningful and constructive dialogue. The basic process can be fairly easily learned in about 15 minutes and it is a lifelong practice to deepen. An Empathy Circle increases mutual understanding and connection by ensuring that each person feels fully heard to their satisfaction. The practice is the most effective gateway practice for learning, practicing and deepening listening and empathy skills, as well as, nurturing an empathic way of being. 


Annual IIGL Holiday Book Drive Results
Thank you to those who participated in our Annual IIGL Holiday Book Drive.  We received 13 new donations in December which raised over $800 for IIGL!  We hope you enjoyed your holiday season and all the best for 2024!

 2024 Annual Meeting Date Set
The IIGL Board of Directors recently announced that the 2024 Annual meeting will be held on June 1st on Zoom.  Active Students, Graduates and Financial Contributors are invited to attend.  We will share more details on how to participate in a few months. 

 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.

 Lucy Maina (Kenya)
I am from Kirinyaga.  I am a mother of three children, married to one husband and a business woman.  After my education I was longing to be self-employed; to be a boss of my own, and through hard work and prayers I started a small business of supplying cooking gas and farm produce at the same time. 

To view complete profiles, Click Here

 Student Progress
We had 6 students from 5 countries complete a total of 8 books in December. These students were from Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

Lucy Maina (Kenya)

* As a Man Thinketh

* Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Francis Maundu (Kenya)

* Unlimited Power

Anastasia Elebiju (Nigeria)

* Crucial Conversations

Erasmus Rwinkesha (Rwanda)

* Change your Thinking Change your Life

Esther Moses (Tanzania)

* Success through a Positive Mental Attitude

Okot Stephen (Uganda)

* Keys to Success

* PsychoCybernetics

The following student completed one or more levels of study this month

Anastasia Elebiju (Nigeria) completed Level Three


New Enrollments
6 enrolled in December
51 enrolled in 2023

Book Assessments
8 in December
163 in 2023

Books Shipped

0 in December
0 in 2023

Cost of Books
$0 in December
$0 in 2023

 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

Zach Rosen (USA/IL)

John Hornecker (USA/NC)

Michael Lightweaver (USA/NC)

Kathleen Oweegon (USA/OR)

Karen Coleman (USA/WI)

Heidi and Ed Fallone (USA/WI)

Bobby Ringkjob (USA/WI)

Deb Rosen (USA/WI)

Charles Rudolph (USA/WI)

Julie and Mike Walker (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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