The ISB Leadership Institute (ISBLI) is a collaborative leadership training program between the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta and CIFAL Atlanta designed to cultivate competent and effective civic leaders within diverse Greater Atlanta communities through monthly training sessions. ISB Atlanta an innovative organization that serves the Muslim and wider communities by building bridges of understanding, creating partnerships, developing community leaders and creating spaces for mutual understanding and respect.
The Leadership Institute is an initiative to trains and cultivates civic leaders in order to create positive and constructive changes to add value within communities and encourage sustainable approaches to creating a more prosperous and peaceful planet and add value in the public square.
ISBLI is an initiative to trains and cultivates civic leaders in order to create positive and constructive changes to add value within communities and encourage sustainable approaches to creating a more prosperous and peaceful planet and add value in the public square. The learning objectives for the program are:
- Strengthen participants’ capacities to advance sustainable development in their communities.
- Improve leadership skills.
- Gain a better understanding of community leadership to become more effective as community leaders.
- Make an impact on our local and global communities.
The program consisted of the following sessions:
- Team Leadership
- Personal Leadership
- Transformational Leadership
- Leading Inclusively
- Leadership in Islam
- Conflict Resolution
- Non-Profit Leadership
- Business Communication
- Advocacy 101
The nine-month program which began with a kick-off meeting on January 10th, included a 17-member class that will participated in multiple interactive leadership sessions in-person and later virtually, to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Each session was facilitated by respected and leading non-profit and corporate leaders and it also incorporated engaging panel discussions with participants in the program and top community leaders in Atlanta. CIFAL Atlanta carefully mapped each session to the Sustainable Development Goals to specifically show how each educational lesson was equipping emerging leaders to tackle world problems. Each member of the class was also separated into group in order to practically apply their newfound skills to assist a community-based organization in the implementation of a service project. The final projects will be presented during the class gradation in November.
This leadership program is intended for individuals nationally over the age of 25 interested in improving their leadership skills and networking with a divers group of civic/community leaders.