After her experience at the United Nations in New York during the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001, Virginia Swain, CEO and Director, founded the Institute for Global Leadership to provide training and consultation for leaders and teams to adapt to the changed dynamics of a post-9/11 world. Through the Institute, Virginia and her associates develop coaching and training programs to help clients develop personal, interpersonal, systemic and global competencies in business, community, institutional, national and world environments.
Through the Institute and the training of Reconciliation Leaders, we live by, teach and incorporate the 17 sustainable development goals of the United Nations through its Global Compact in every challenge address by the Global Mediation and Reconciliation Service. We are members of The Global Movement for The Culture of Peace(GMCoP). The Culture of Peace is defined by the United Nations as a “set of values, attitudes, modes of behavior and ways of life that reject violence and prevent conflicts by tackling their root causes to solve problems through dialogue and negotiation among individuals, groups and nations.”
Learn more about the Global Compact, GMCop and our other partners and affiliations here.
A post-9/11 world requires people and institutions to serve the common good with a larger perspective, replacing the politics of self-interest. In the years since 2001, the Institute has flourished with two key initiatives to serve the common good and address the “global problematique”. In global service, the Institute offers:
- Training for vocationally called Reconciliation Leaders who facilitate the Peacebuilding Process of Reconciliation to Develop Political Will.
- Global Mediation and Reconciliation Service which provides people and nations the perspectives, tools and techniques for multilateral approaches to challenges. Certified Reconciliation Leaders utilize these processes to reconcile protracted challenges around the world.
We address the needs articulated by the Commission on Global Governance for leaders “made strong by vision, sustained by ethics and revealed by political courage that looks to the longer term and future generations for whom the present is held in trust.” To support this expectation, the Institute’s Reconciliation Leaders facilitate the Peacebuilding Process of Reconciliation to Develop Political Will (Peacebuilding Process), developed for the Global Mediation and Reconciliation Service (Reconciliation Service), providing people, groups, nations and multilateral entities the perspectives, tools and techniques for multilateral approaches to sustainable development.
This leadership approach grows from participant leaders’ personal mission, skill building, and a commitment to be at peace in themselves and in service to others. Reconciliation Leaders are trained and coached to find balance among career, home life, and reflection time, using a methodology to deal with the high level of stress in their own and in other people’s lives. They are global citizens.
Dag Hammarskjöld, 2nd Secretary General of the United Nations, defined global citizenship: “Everybody today with part of his being belongs to one country, while with another part he has become a citizen of a world which no longer permits national isolation. Seen in this light, there could be no conflict between nationalism and internationalism, between the nation and the world. The question is not either the nation or the world, it is how to serve the world by service to our nation and how to serve the nation by service to the world.”