Reflections from Daniela Candelario

Daniela Candelario

Daniela Candelario from the Dominican Republic during a session on leadership styles.


When I first started the Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos (NPH) Global Leadership program in Seattle with iLEAP, I thought it would simply give me tools to influence others, techniques to become a better leader in NPH, and I would learn more English and American culture.  But being on the third week of the program, I realize that iLEAP gives me more than that – it is an immersion in yourself to discover who you are as a person, as a leader, and to help me value diversity and multicultural exchange.

In this short time I have learned about leadership styles which has helped me discover who I am as a true leader and my strengths and weaknesses.  This will also help me to better understand other leaders.

Now I understand that a good leader cannot have just one style of leadership but must have a good combination of many for every situation.  I will be better at managing my staff and working as a team. I recognize the value of less talk and more listening as well as keeping an open heart and mind.

I thank God for this opportunity.  iLEAP has instilled in me the desire to take on a new path, a new project, perhaps a new company, but whatever it is, I will have a social impact.

Britt Yamamoto

Britt Yamamoto

Some years ago Britt came upon the Raymond Williams quote that, "to be truly radical is to make hope possible, rather than despair convincing." Along these lines, iLEAP was created as a radical ideal, a welcome home amidst all the social and ecological ill that surrounds us, firm in the belief that what the world needs now are more inspired and renewed social leaders who have the capacity to change the world. Oh, and to laugh a, a lot, along the way.