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International Institute for Global Leadership Inc

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PO Box 18909 Asheville NC 28814 USA

Mission:

The International Institute For Global Leadership is a tuition-free, internet based education program which provides a curriculum in consciousness designed to prepare students to become personally empowered, consciously aware, high-integrity and heart-centered leaders in their communities and the world. The study program is open to participants of any age and from anywhere in the world.

Results:

We currently have 125 students from 27 countries. We currently average shipping over 500 books a year to our students and have shipped over 2,800 books related to personal empowerment to our students over the past seven years for which they are required to write an assessment as to how the information affects their day-to-day life. Each of their profiles, photos and book assessments are posted on our website.

Target demographics:

Although our studies are available to anyone of any age, anywhere in the world, most of our current students are young Africans in their 20's $ 30's.

Geographic areas served:

International

Programs:

The program is divided into different levels of study. The introductory level consists of two small books which are emailed to the student. When these have been completed, the student enters Level One studies. Levels One & Two – which focus on personal empowerment - consist of seven books each. Level Three, devoted to personal assessment and goal setting, consists of written exercises. In Levels Four, Five & Six a student may choose seven books for each level from a selection of more than 400 books in 17 subject areas. The upper levels offer students many opportunities for advanced guided studies, internships, etc. according to their personal interests and life goals. More details about each level are available on the curriculum page of our website: http://www.global-leadership.com/curriculum/index.htm

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1 person found this review helpful

I began funding IIGL at its inception in 2003 and have been involved with this extraordinary organization ever since as a Board member and/or officer. As a result of the foregoing, have been privy to the various projects initiated by students manifesting their leadership abilities and fund several such projects in Africa. In addition, have developed several personal relationships with students which have facilitated assistance to the Nepali earthquake victims and, presently, to the potential asylum of a student who had to escape his home country. IIGL truly gives meaning to the realization of brotherhood and is a step toward recognition of the One Humanity.

 
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IIGL has been training students around the world, via the Internet, in the spiritual foundations of leadership, with the intention to transform society thereby. I have funded this organization since its inception in 2002, as a result of which the contacts, both at home and abroad, have changed the direction of my life. It has been extraordinary to see how the training -- shared without charge -- has altered the lives of so many, particularly in developing countries. For me this has resulted not only in funding the organization itself but, also, student projects that have delineated as a result of this training. I cannot recommend this work highly enough -- both to potential students and to funders seeking long-term global value for their investment.
Lynne Murguia, Tucson, AZ (IIGL Donor & Board Member)

 
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I began mentoring in 2003 shortly after IIGL was formed. Over the years, it has been an enriching experience both as a volunteer and since 2013 as Director. I view IIGL as one global family; even though we are thousands of miles apart; we are connected by our mission to serve as like minded leaders. I am proud of and for our students who demonstrate that "one book can change one's life!" Check us out at: www.global-leadership.com

 
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Ethelbert Obinna Umeh
9/14/2016 at 5:39pm ·

Token of Gratitude to IIGL Family:

Feeling truly refreshed and proud that an intellectual cum leadership training program that started four years ago at International Institute for Global Leadership, IIGL, USA has happily come to an amazing end in the early hours of today.

To God be the glory as I bag a certificate on 'Global Leadership Studies' from this prestigious institute. It couldn’t have been possible without God and my personal efforts. I am sharing this because it has pleased God to make it possible.

My Program director, Deborah Rosen after examining my project and my research skills pointed out while congratulating me on my graduation today that she is indeed proud of me. Dear Deb, I pray you will have multiple reasons to be proud of me in the near future.

You were and still are a dependable counsellor, inspiration, gentle, kind in words and deeds and an inspiring intellectual program director. You have the heart of a great teacher, whose main duty is to inspire. I am so proud that I met a great personality like you. Great figures like you come once in a millennium.

You guided me all through the leadership training like an egg on iron; I didn't and couldn't slip from thy hands. At no point did I ever get stressed, or attempted to give up. It may interest my readers to know that I read directly about 32 awesome leadership books, an eye-opening writing exercise, research project / business plan during this program and about 100 indirect books from other sources that helped in shaping me.

I promise to dedicate the remaining part of my life in community development through writing and speaking on leadership development opportunities like goal setting/ mapping, entrepreneurial pursuits, business & sales coaching, foresight, stewardship, servant leadership, etc.

To the founder of this great institute Michael Lightweaver, thanks a million times for founding, pioneering and superheading this awesome IIGL initiative and for shaping the lives of many young leaders not just in Africa, but around the world. The future is so bright for IIGL family. Words are truly insufficient for me to deeply express my deep sentiments of gratitude to you Michael.

I am so happy to identify with Felix Iziomoh, who was the first graduate of this institute, and who is currently by the special divine design the president of this institute, and who has earlier on sent me a message of congratulations plus welcoming me into the alumni community. I look forward in joyful hope and in blending with the alumni community in doing amazing work in Africa and around the world through my start-up organization.

 
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I was simply a school dropout looking for online learning opportunities when I stumbled on this website. Not only was it free, it offered me a great learning experience. The books boosted my esteem and confidence to face my challenges at the time. I later had the opportunity to serve as a board president, an experience that totally changed my life and opened many more door for me. I made valuable connections through the program that continue to support the work that I do. Today I run my own organisation from a vision that was birthed during my IIGL studies. This organisation gave me the opportunity to thrive and continues to do the same for hundreds of young people especially in developing countries of the world that would otherwise not have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

 
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Making a difference is what all non-profits strive for. IIGL does more than make a difference; IIGL is changing the world one person at a time! Imagine a person coming from dire poverty and no resources - nothing but a dream of what could be and the desire to manifest that dream not only for them, but for others as well. Then someone GIVES them a book - a book that expands the consciousness of this person and helps them to see that anything is possible with the right amount of integrity, drive, determination and belief in self. Growth begins. Then they are GIVEN another book, and another and another. Growth becomes wisdom and courage and strength beyond what this person ever believed they were capable of. More books bring concrete tools to manifest dreams into reality. A budding new leader emerges from this course of study, and as part of the IIGL process, this person manifests a community project that brings much-needed service and great benefit to others. They manifest their dreams. They share with others the wisdoms they have gained. They inspire others to become greater than they are. And the IIGL legacy continues. These things I have witnessed and been inspired by time and again. "One book can change a mind. One mind can change the world." This is IIGL - changing the world one emerging leader at a time.

 
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I have served on many Boards of Directors in my life, and have never been prouder to serve an organization as I am to serve IIGL! The majority of our Board are students of IIGL from all over the world. They are giving back to the organization that has helped them to become wise, strong heart-centered leaders, and that is so inspiring to me! Of even greater inspiration to me are the community projects our students have founded and fostered, including an orphanage in Togo, an online educational program for high school drop-outs in Uganda, a plantain farm and plantain chip-making factory in Nigeria, and a leadership development project for at-risk youth in Nigeria! IIGL is changing the world 1 emerging leader at a time, proving that through wisdom-sharing, dedication, hard work, and belief in one another, anything is possible!

 
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In the years I have been affiliated with IIGL, I have experienced and witnessed many profound life changes. The curriculum is designed to expand consciousness and increase wisdom and personal empowerment, and that is exactly the impact that it has on so many, many individuals around the world! The evolution of the future of world leadership has progressed exponentially because of the impact of IIGL studies, giving one great faith that tomorrow's world leaders will be far, far wiser than today's.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

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Life-changing

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2013

 
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"What do you want out of life?" If someone had asked me this same question two decades ago, my response would have been vague and varied. But that is before I enrolled as a student of the Leadership Institute. Like most people, I had no particular goal to achieve in life. I merely drifted along, trying this and the other, sort of like playing a game of hide and seek with life. The first two books from the Institute Jonathan Seagull and As a Man Thinketh, by James Allen, wet my appetite to seek answers to the three fundamental basic life questions.

"Who am I?" This question deals with identity. "Why am I here?" This question examines purpose, and "Where am I gong?" This question probes issues on destiny. But it wasn't until I read "Psycho Cybernetics 2000, A Complete Update of Maxwell Maltz Classic" by Bobbe Sommer and Brian Tracy's excellent book on Goals, that inner transitional transformation began to take effect in my life.

I was dying to grow up and be my own man; only, I did not know or plan what that my own grown up person would do to make a difference in society. Then, I turned 21, had my freedom and I thought,

"Ah now this is life," but freedom too has its limitations. Later on I contemplated getting married and gaining societal status quo to raise a family. But never in my wildest of dreams did I stop or pause to think that every step of the way, although ushering in the desires of my heart, also pushed me closer to the edge and end of he road in life.

Earlier in life, I made many poor decisions, took uncalculated risks and lived on the margin. Opportunities were there in plenty to make good my life, but I did not reach out and grab them deluding myself better ones are yet to come my way in future.

Back in the innocent days, everything seemed so pure, so perfect and so purposeful. But that is before life experiences came charging, changing the course and direction of my entire life. In the prime of youth, I had no known role models to emulate like today's youth boast of. Caught in a tangle web of illiteracy on the one hand and tradition on the other of parent's lifestyle, at least the parents were closer to the old school of thought where culture reigned supreme. The two illiteracy and tradition along with other life's pressures greatly influenced and shaped the course of my life. Although a lot of interesting developments have since taken place, many of the mistakes could have been avoided had I the right guidance and counseling from the beginning. I consider belonging to a 'lost generation' whose appetite for the good things in life turned into a burden instead of a blessing.

Four years of high school were behind a future of new and exciting life awaited a head, so I thought. There were days the body literally floated on the wings of the wind, anticipating freedom that would finally become part of my adult life. From here on, life would be pure pleasure, I contemplated. Whatever the heart wanted it would have; party from dusk to dawn, disturbing the bones on the dance floor until there is no strength left in the body to move a muscle. Go after girls with gusto selecting ones for friendship fun and future relationship. But none of these things really satisfied the longing and emptiness in my heat. There were also set backs to contend with such as lack of finances to have the good times roll. All I wanted was to live to the fullest for the moment. Literally unchecked personal freedom was coming through my ears, my eyes bulging with desire for the good things, the heart running away with all kinds and manner of excitement.

I lived on the fast lane to nowhere, but a life of dissolution, disappointment and despair. Parent's precautions sounded hollow, boring and sounded like music to the ears during my teenage tough.

I thought I had it all
Till I lost it all
And I had to begin again all over.

If only someone had whispered behind my wet ears and warned me of the looming danger of trying to take all of life into my teeth or someone placed one self improvement book before me; perhaps the records of my life would have been set straight then.

Every last one is endowed with great potential for success, the difference comes in what one does with whatever one perceives as a heart desire. In my case, it was the discovery of the potential of creative writing. Once I knew the importance of setting and sticking to goals, improving on the knowledge and skills, creative writing became my number one goal in life.

Reading books from the Leadership Institute, I realized, there are no rehearsals in life, it is the real thing and I am the main character in the storyline of the drama that is my life. It is bad not to know when one makes exit from this world; equally worse when that time finds you unprepared as is usually the case with many. But, it is worst that you can't come back to right the wrongs or put final touches to unfinished businesses. In either case of entrance or exit, in or out of this world, one has little choice or control over. However, one has a wide range and variety of choices to make while still alive upon this planet earth. The sad thing is like most people, I made many wrong choices and was going through life enraged instead of enjoying all that life has to offer.

First, I had to come to terms with and accept the reality of the new challenges in my life. Second, I had take stock and look at my life a fresh. Third, I had to make appropriate adjustments. Walking that road has been tough, trying and torturous. There are those who successfully make necessary changes and cope beautifully with whatever difficulties life throws at them. I am not one of them. Fourth, I had to set new goals.

Once I became aware of the importance of setting and sticking to my goals until they are achieved, life has had a different ring to it. Not all my goals have been fulfilled but I am confident they will be in time judging from the experience of the ones that have been achieved.

Fifth, I had to deliberately take attention off myself, off my frustrations and off my disappointments and purposely concentrate on available opportunities still waiting in life. None of these adjustments come easy and cheap. It took some doing to come to these realizations and time has been the greatest healer.

Today, I am committed to being a participant not a spectator in the game of life. I no longer stand by and watch as others scale the ladder of success, wishing I could be the one. I also no longer sit back and simply expect a better life awaits out there somewhere for me. Wishful thinking I discovered doesn't cut it for success in life. Once life tossed me out of the warm nest of my comfort zone through painful past experiences, I now know better.

In a short essay such as this one, it would be difficult if not impossible to include all of life's practical lessons I have learnt in the first two levels of study from this institute. However, the two books mentioned above along with others, laid the foundation of the impact of the course on my personal and professional life, increased my demand for goal oriented results and made me conscious of the involvement of others my pursuit for a successful life.

 
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Since i started my journey with IIGL, i have greatly improved in my job and i tend to look at life differently. I have developed my self esteem and i am more confident of myself when addressing people.

In fact the role IIGL has played in my life cannot be over emphasized. I recommend all in my community to enroll each time i have the opportunity.

 
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In 2001 when I planted the tiny seed of an idea for a course in personal empowerment and transformation - that became IIGL - I had no idea that it would grow into what it has become today and touch so many lives in so many ways. It is with a deep sense of gratitude and humility that I have watched it continue to grow since I stepped out of the leadership position at the end of 2012. When I see so much suffering in the world and the blindness of those who attempt to kill unresourcefull ideas with guns & bombs, instead of better ideas, I am reminded of how valuable IIGL continues to be in lighting a candle - however small - instead of cursing the darkness.

 
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As the founder and first director of IIGL I have been privileged to see the incredible transformation that these studies have brought about in the lives of our students. Unlike many really great non-profits which focus on outer circumstances, IIGL focuses on the inner world of attitude and belief with the understanding that our outer circumstances of life are a reflection of our attitude and beliefs about ourselves and the world we live in. This focus on the very foundation of personal and social change makes IIGL utterly unique and in a category by itself.

 
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The International Institute for Global Leadership is a one-of-a-kind program. Unlike most leadership training programs, it is not university or business based. Also, unlike most programs, it is freely available without cost to anyone anywhere in the world. IIGL's focus is on training heart-centered leaders who are committed to being planetary change agents. The program begins with personal empowerment as the foundation for true leadership. For this reason it's offers a curriculum in consciousness with books that help students wrestle with the fundamentals of life and discover our true potential for Greatness. The ultimate goal of the program is to assist students in becoming consciously aware, high-integrity and heart-centered leaders in their communities and the world. This is why I am a dedicated contributor.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

see it have more funding to enable it to do so much more of what it is already doing.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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I begain working with the International Institute for Global Leadership (IIGL); www.global-leadership.com in 2002. Each year I have gotten to know more students and contributors globally. We are one global family! My experience is remarkable and I know each of us is making a GREAT difference in planetary change by participating in IIGL!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

The IIGL Students could receive "live" leadership training and offices could be established in each of the African countries. IIGL could be funded for 100 plus years with 10 million dollar gift!

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

 
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IIGL IS RAISING ROLE MODELS,BUILDING CAPACITY AND RAISING DEPENDABLE CITIZENS.ENRICHING MINDS AND RAISING GENERATIONAL CHANGE MAKERS.I HAVE BENEFITED SO MUCH THROUGH THE BOOKS I HAVE READ DURING THE COURSE OF MY STUDIES WITH IIGL.

 
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I am so grateful to know this organization. I get much joy in watching the students grow and express their gifts and talents for the betterment of humankind. I see that their eyes open to the greater vision for humanity and this wonderful planet we are so blessed to be nurtured by. The graduated studies of IIGL supports these students to become the greater of themselves. It deserves more and more accolades.

 
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