About GLI

Developing Excellence in Leadership Globally

Global Leadership Initiatives exists to develop excellence in leadership globally. We support this vision through our combined commitment to the “4-I” process of inquiry, intervention, impact, and iteration. This 4I approach to leadership development undergirds the books we write, the online University Certificate courses we develop, and the workshops and seminars we deliver. With this in mind, GLI leverages the best of leadership development theory and practice by utilizing the 4-I Model of Leadership Development as pictured in Diagram 1 below. We bring together a talent pool of highly experienced leadership development experts, researchers, and coaches to develop seminars, mentorship programs, and organizational interventions that will change individuals and positively impact organizational processes throughout the enterprise.

GLI’s Leadership Development interventions positively affect Human and Social capital in organizations, as well as their overall organizational performance. By the conclusion of our Leadership Development interventions GLI provides evidence for some, if not all, of the following key indicators of ROI on leadership development expenditure (McCallum and O’Connell, 2009):

  • Reduced transaction costs due to increased trust with trading partners
  • Increased knowledge creation and sharing due to trust and shared goals
  • Increased coherent action flowing from organizational stability and shared understanding
  • Reduced turnover, severance costs, hiring and training expenses, and personnel churn – which also maintains valuable organizational knowledge
  • Maximized values of competition and collaboration by increasing chances to earn above average financial returns Increased skill and leadership capacity across the organization at all levels

Global Leadership Initiatives (GLI), Inc. a Canadian federally incorporated leadership development organization.

It was co-founded by Rob Elkington Ph.D. and Sarah-Kate Elkington BHSc. GLI is currently comprised of world-class leadership, sustainability, management, and team development experts from around the world which allows GLI to offer its services internationally.

Rob Elkington Rob Elkington
CEO and President
Sarah Elkington Sarah Elkington
COO and Co-Founder

GLI currently operates in a wide variety of sectors including, but not limited to: large multinational corporations, non-profits and charities, youth leadership programs, healthcare organizations, universities, entrepreneurial incubators, government organizations, and first responders such as police and fire services. All leadership programs and services are tailored to the client with the vision of developing excellence in leadership. GLI does this through offering a host services and products including: tailored workshops and seminars, university certificate courses, coaching, leadership apps, and books.


The professional world is changing at a rapid rate, Rob and his Associates at GLI have provided our organization the tools to develop our current leaders and prepare our future leaders to assume their roles in this rapidly changing environment. Whether you have been in a leadership for years or are new to a leadership position, GLI will prepare you to be a dynamic leader in todays’ workplace. Rob’s approach is welcoming and engaging making the learning experience very enjoyable.


Imagine being one of 12 presenters competing to make a positive impact on an audience and you only 9-minutes to do so. Now imagine being rated the best presenter. You’d be thrilled as Rob should be when he fully engaged our audience of HR professionals and leaders. His topic on visionary leadership in a turbulent world was on point, his depth of knowledge formidable, his delivery powerful, his style interactive, and he is approachable one-on-one. Truly a leader who walks his talk.

Vera Asanin, President & Editor-in-Chief, Your Workplace


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"Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others."

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