Issue #266 *February 2024

International Institute For Global Leadership

Issue #266 *February 2024
Asheville, NC USA

Guest Editorial

6 Questions Great Leaders Ask
Chinonso Ericson Judith (Nigeria)

The main idea in questions great leaders ask is that effective leadership involves asking insightful and thought provoking questions, fostering a culture of curiosity, learning, and strategic thinking among leaders.  Below are some highlights:

The importance of asking the right questions:  This point for me, serves as a catalyst for critical thinking, promotes effective communication, and fosters a deeper understanding of situations. It really allows me to uncover insights, identify solutions, and engage others in meaningful dialogue, ultimately contributing to informed decision making and successful leadership.

The role of humility in leadership:  This is fundamental for building trust, fostering collaboration, and adapting to change. For me I am a humble leader, I acknowledge my limitations, learns from others , and values diverse perspectives . This quality not only creates a positive and inclusive work environment but also me to continuously grow, inspiring loyalty and respect among my teams.

The value of collaboration:  For me collaboration is valuable as it harnesses the collective strengths and ideas of my family, team members in my study, businesses and co-existing with people. It promotes innovation, problem-solving, and a sense of shared ownership. Generally in my view, effective collaboration is not just about working together but leveraging diverse skills and perspectives to achieve goals that might be beyond the reach of individual efforts, fostering a culture of mental support and success.

The development of a growth mindset:  This has been a lifestyle for me, because cultivating a growth mindset is essential for my personal and professional development. Embracing challenges, and learning from failure, and persistently seeking improvement are key aspects of my life. In my perspective, a growth mindset not only fuels resilience but also opens doors to new opportunities, as individuals become more adaptable, curious, and open to continuous learning, ultimately contributing to long term success and fulfillment.

The importance of self- awareness:  Self-awareness for me is the corner stone of personal growth and effective leadership in every aspect of my life. Recognizing one’s strengths and weakness provides a foundation for continuous improvement. In my understanding as a leader who cultivates self -awareness not only help me make decisions, aligned with my values yet also foster a culture of authenticity, encouraging me, and team members, family in various sections of life to embrace their own self-awareness and contribute meaningfully to the collective success of our lives and in organization.

The power of intentional listening:  The power of intentional listening lies in it’s ability to forge genuine connections, which I actively listen, for me it goes beyond hearing words; it involves understanding emotions, perspectives, and unspoken cues. In my perspective, intentional listening encourages empathy, builds trusts, and strengthens relationships. Individuals who prioritizes this skills really creates an environment where everyone feels valued, heard and more inclined to collaborate ultimately enhancing the overall effectiveness of the family, team.

The importance of building strong relationships: This for me is fundamental to effective leadership in every aspect of my life. In my view, strong relationships create a foundation of trust, transparency, and mutual support within people. I know for real that leaders who invest time and efforts in understanding their family, team members in a personal and professional level fosters a positive work culture. This not only enhances collaboration, but also contributes to a sense of unity, making it easier to navigate challenges and achieve shared goals.

(Judith is a Level Five Student).

What Others Are Saying

A Bob Maepe (Lesotho)

What I have learned and how I have changed

I have learned that everything in life begins as a thought which is sown to become words, words are planted to become, habits are planted to become character and character is sown to become destiny. This is life in a nutshell as the dominant thoughts in a person’s mind influences the decisions he/she makes and the destiny of a person. Leadership is the art to influence other people to attain their God given destiny. I have learned that since leadership is an art, it can be developed through acquiring knowledge and application of skills learned.

I am the sum total of the thoughts I constantly think in my mind, the words that I sow on a daily basis, the habits that I develop, which has shaped my character and led to my destiny, which is a leadership oriented person I have become today. I have learned that in order to move from where I am and get to a I desire to get to, there are principles that I should embrace, understand and apply. These principles have been used by many successful people from different walks of life, coming from different backgrounds. I have learned that two people can be exposed to the same information, same environment and same resources yet experience different results simply because of their attitude towards life. For example one person sees only certain people designed to become millionaires based on the background of their rich families, as a result he will accept his current status of not enough as permanent.

I have learned that the more I apply strategies the more effective I become in communicating. After reading these books now I am very selective in words I use when communicating and I take time to listen before responding to people. I have learned to communicate from the heart not head so with time as I practice strategies in this book I am developing into an effective communicator and public speaker. Because of applying communication techniques from these books now I manage my emotions better than before. Now I am a better evaluator of myself in leading others as I take judgment of other people to me as a sign of some unmet needs, so I try to find ways in which I can reconcile with them peacefully, so as to meet their unmet needs.

What are Students are Reading

Critical Thinking (Ebook)

This book is a well-rounded introduction to the principles of critical thinking. The book provides tips and steps that are easy to follow, yet very effective in solving problems of all kinds. This guide is helpful to people of all walks of life. The techniques it provides are useful; cutting across careers, businesses, political and even the social arena. After reading through this book, you will be amazed at the amount of resources you can save just by making critical thinking part of your everyday life.

Students/Graduates In Action

Congratulations to IIGL Recent Graduate!

Congratulations to Sunday Elebiju (Nigeria), for being nominated for the Top 10 under 40 award, and to Africa projects development center for contributing to Africa’s development. It was a well deserved award for Sunday for his passion and innovative approach toward providing simple and sustainable solution in the aquaculture sector that everyone can relate to and adapt with. Sunday Elebiju is IIGL’s 35th graduate and his journey with us has been an inspiring one.

Valuable Resources for Personal & Planetary Transformation

Youth Foundation for Development, Education and Leadership

This organization is a nonprofit founded in 2011.  It is a platform for young people in Africa involved in social change to interact, learn, and collaborate in new creative and easy ways.  This youth advocacy and policy oriented organization is based in Abuja Nigeria but programming into Africa and beyond.  They have a strong volunteer and stakeholder presence in Nigera, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Ghana. Their key goal is to provide education to young people to focus their potential for Africa’s development.


Wanted:  Attention IIGL Student Testimonials!

The IIGL Board of Directors is seeking students to give video testimonials about their experiences with being in the IIGL program!  Please email IIGL President or Deb Rosen for more information!

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.

Antealehegne Asfaw (Ethiopia)

I am an experienced Human Resources Manager skilled in Motivational Leadership, Negotiation, Performance Management, Analytical Skills. I have strong information technology acumen. I have a bachelor’s degree focused on Economics from Addis Ababa University.

Victor Oloo (Kenya)

I am the first born in a family of 6, four boys and two girls, I am a diploma holder of Electrical engineering, and I am also married to one wife and three children two girls and one boy. I have worked in various organizations locally, private sectors and governmental jobs, I had done a lot of electrical installation in schools, private schools and government schools, different homes and apartments that are countless.

Enock Joseph Mwesigwa (Uganda)

I am a Food Scientist working towards food value addition and food safety. I am Ugandan. I am working in Bushenyi District of Western Uganda. I am a Christian and I use every opportunity to practice servant leadership.

To view complete profiles, Click Here

Student Progress

We had 12 students from 8 countries complete a total of 18 books in January. These students were from Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Uganda, USA and Zimbabwe.

Antealehegne Asfaw (Ethiopia)

* As a Man Thinketh

* Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Francis Maundu (Kenya)

* The Law of Attraction

Victor Oloo (Kenya)

* As a Man Thinketh

* Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Mohammed Sannoh (Liberia)

*  How to Win Friends and Influence People

Theocracy Helen (Nigeria)

* PsychoCybernetics

Chinonso Ericson Judith (Nigeria)

* 6 Questions Great Leaders Ask

* 100 Great Business Ideas from Leading Companies

* Secret of the Millionaire Mind

* The Law of Success in Sixteen Lessons

Michael Kelechi (Nigeria)

* The Long Walk to Freedom

Atinuke Oyewunmi (Nigeria)


Erasmus Rwinkesha (Rwanda)

* The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership

Enock Joseph Mwesigwa (Uganda)

* As a Man Thinketh

* Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Kyle Hemauer (USA)

* Creating your Path through Leadership

Cheurombo Pswarayi (Zimbabwe)

* Crucial Conversations

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

Chinonso Ericson Judith (Nigeria) completed Level Four

Kyle Hemauer (USA) completed Level One


New Enrollments
2 enrolled in January
2 enrolled in 2024

Book Assessments
18 in January

18 in 2024

Books Shipped

0 in January

0 in 2024

Cost of Books
$0 in January

$0 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)

Pierre Wittmann (Thailand)

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:

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