Issue #269 *May 2024

International Institute For Global Leadership
Issue #269 *May 2024
Asheville, NC USA







Guest Editorial

This Child Shall be Great

Michael Kelechi (Nigeria/UK)

In the sensational and heart-throbbing book entitled “This Child Shall Be Great” by Liberia’s first female president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, she is trying to pass across some of important messages to her readers. Overall, the book likely serves as a testament to her life, leadership, and dedication to public service. By her memoir, she seeks to inspire, educate, and empower her readers to make a big difference in the world, by first effecting it, through her actions.

The ideas from the book entitled ‘This Child Shall Be Great’ will practically help me, both in my daily personal life and to create a better world in the following ways:

Persistence in the face of adversity: In my daily life, the candid lessons from persistence will help me overcome challenges and setbacks which there are quite a handful through my dealings with people and in my professional pursuits. By maintaining a clear focus on my long-term goals and putting up a strong disposition in moments of difficulty, I will be able to overcome them. In a broader context, once I have been able to arm myself properly, I can equally encourage others and give positive advice on how they could also be champions, which will make the world a more habitable place to live in.

Empowerment of Women and Girls: It is quite unfortunate that women and girls are at the receiving ends of most if not all societal injustices since they are weaker. Being compassionate and considerate to them will go a long way in changing the direction of their lives entirely. I know I used to take out some time to properly advise young girls in my local fellowship, and engage with their parents to know what they want in life. I had this member who wanted to study nursing at the university but unfortunately was offered another distant discipline to study.  Upon learning about the situation due to my discussions with her, I made her understand that the other alternate discipline might be a starting point to get her to her chosen destination. Though she later told me, she didn’t accept the offer, she was in a much better state of mind, and just recently, I chanced upon her matriculation images online, looking all smiles and what have you.

Reconciliation and healing: I have learned to forgive the hurts and wrongs that have been done to me, which unfortunately are quite a handful. I try to see things from their perspective and let it slip. Such disposition will help me mentally and socially, as there would be fewer barriers when I want to operate or interact with them. However, I will be cautious. In a broader sense, healing and forgiving will most definitely make the world a more cherished place to live in. If wrongs are forgiven and grudges aren’t kept, people can be their brother’s keeper. A lot of unnecessary scrambling will cease especially in the global setting. I do my best to model the lessons embedded therein from the stories I have learned from the book.

(Michael is a Level Five Student and an IIGL Board Member).

What Others Are Saying

Sunday Elebiju (Nigeria)


Recently I was looking at other Diploma scholarship programs and it made me further appreciate IIGL and graduating from the program! I feel that the IIGL curriculum is one of the best and most impactful! There is a need for us as students and graduates of this great institute to be proactive and bring it to the world stage! A diploma in global leadership or social innovation is the same that IIGL offers plus even more! Sometimes we don’t appreciate what we have until it’s paid for. Kudo’s to IIGL, keep doing the great work! Let’s bring IIGL to the world stage!

(Sunday is a recent IIGL graduate!)

What are Students are Reading

Quiet Leadership ($11.79)You start a conversation with someone you manage, a conversation about a project that could be going better. You want to improve their performance and think you know what they should do. You estimate the conversation should only take a few minutes, yet somehow 45 minutes later you’re still going around in circles. Sound familiar?

Unfortunately, improving human performance involves one of the hardest challenges in the known universe: changing the way people think. In constant demand as a coach, speaker, and consultant to companies around the world, David Rock has proven the secret to leading people (and living and working with them) is found in the space between our ears. If people are being paid to think, he writes, isn’t it time the business world found out what the thing doing the work, the brain, is all about? Supported by the latest groundbreaking research, Quiet Leadership provides, for the first time, a brain-based approach that will help busy leaders, executives, and managers improve their own and their colleagues’ performance.

Students/Graduates In Action

IIGL Graduate Mentors Girls 4 Girls!

IIGL Graduate Juliette Engole (Uganda), recently shared, “I am glad to have been part of the Girls 4 Girls, Uganda mentors for the TotalEnergies Uganda cohort that run from October 2023 to April 2024. A total of 25 mentees successfully completed the 6 sessions and received their certificates. As a mentor, it was a very rich and fulfilling experience sharing with and learning from the mentees, mentors and guest speakers. I look forward to many more such moments.” Congratulations Juliette!

Valuable Resources for Personal and Planetary Transformation


Geoship Domes

The Geodesic Dome introduced by the visionary Architect Buchminster Fuller is the world’s most efficient structure. In order to manufacture the domes there needed to be a material science breakthrough. Enter bioceramics; a new class of earth-friendly materials that mimic human bones! Bioceramic domes maximize efficiency of the most fundamental levels – geometry, materials and a manufacturing method.


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  

2024 IIGL Annual Meeting Date Set for June 1

IIGL will be holding its Annual Meeting on Saturday June 1, 2024 via Zoom.  Please look for a reminder on the IIGL Message Board for directions sent by Cheu Pswarayi (IIGL Corresponding Secretary) about how to join the meeting via Zoom.  This reminder email will be sent by May 29 and will include the timing for the meeting. Email Deb or simply reply to this newsletter if you have questions. All financial contributors, graduates and active students are invited!

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 2 new students this month.

Steve Anyona (Kenya)

I am from Kisii county, a father of three children a husband of one wife of female gender. I am a Diploma holder Business management, after working in several companies and organizations. I decided to start farming, because through employment I was unable to feed my family, so I decided to feed them through farming and also take it as my business venture. I started planting bananas, harsh avocados, pumpkins and it was wonderful started supplying them in markets and I made good progress in farming.


Sadiq Rita Salamat (Nigeria)

I have worked in organizations where my duties include organizing the schedule of the day to day activities of office administration. I am responsible for sending out a circular for meetings, coordinating, taking minutes for documentation and follow up on action points. Plan traveling schedules for top executives and expatriate and handle their travelling expenses which I retire to the accounts department on return. I founded and coordinate a club for young people as an avenue to engage them on extracurricular activities and practical hands-on in learning.


To view complete profiles, Click Here


Student Progress

We had 10 students from 5 countries complete a total of 14 books in April. These students were from Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda and Uganda.


Antealehegne Asfaw (Ethiopia)

* PsychoCybernetics

Steve Anyona (Kenya)

* As a Man Thinketh

* Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Anastasia Elebiju (Nigeria)

* Critical Thinking

* Go Pro

* How Successful People Think

Theocracy Helen (Nigeria)

* Success through a Positive Mental Attitude

Michael Kelechi (Nigeria)

* This Child Shall be Great

Adebayo Christianah Kemi (Nigeria)

* Creating an Effective Mindset

Sadiq Rita Salamat (Nigeria)

* As a Man Thinketh

* Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Erasmus Rwinkesha (Rwanda)

* Critical Thinking

Mwesigwa Enock Joseph (Uganda)

* How to Win Friends and Influence People

Okot Stephen (Uganda)

* Unlimited Power


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

Anastasia Elebiju (Nigeria) completed Level Four



New Enrollments4 enrolled in April12 enrolled in 2024

Book Assessments14 in April

58 in 2024

Books Shipped

0 in April

5 in 2024

Cost of Books$0 in April

$70.55 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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