WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sep 6, 2018) – Senator John McCain defined “The West” as “a world order based not on blood-and-soil nationalism, or spheres of influence, or conquest of the weak by the strong, but rather on universal values, rule of law, open commerce, and respect for national sovereignty and independence.” He declared that the West includes “any person or any nation that honors and upholds these values.”
Based on these values, the McCain Institute has launched a Train the Trainer program whereby Institute Next Generation Leaders (NGLs) engage aspiring leaders on every continent, save Antarctica.
The Institute has provided each of its 52 NGLs tailored toolkits to multiply the impact of their own year-long training and resultant action plans to promote character-driven leadership by an additional 100 emerging leaders each year. These toolkits condense the NGL experience on values, ethics, and character-driven leadership into certification levels, ranging from basic to advanced, determined by the length of the training.
Elements of this program are adapted to fit each particular national environment and cultural setting, with the McCain Institute provide branding and promotional materials, and the NGLs striking local partnerships and support to deliver the training content.
“I’m involved with facilitating a leadership training, good governance and community development with youth leaders and local government representatives in district Kohat. This new toolkit is a great addition and will help us in building a generation of leaders that will support us in our work, and in achieving our leadership goals,” said Zaheer Abbas, a next generation leader from Pakistan, and member of the Institute’s 2013 cohort.
NGLs will document their training efforts and the McCain Institute plans to share best practices and impact.
With this new field training program, the McCain Institute is further strengthening its core leadership development mission, inspired by Senator McCain’s own reminder that “With all its suffering and dangers, the world still looks to the example and leadership of America to become, another, better place.”
“It’s timely and I am excited to have it as I have been struggling in developing one for my organization,” said Mira Koroma, NGL from Sierra Leone part of the Institute’s 2016 Cohort.