Who We Are
Louis W. (Jody) Fry
Louis W. (Jody) Fry, PhD is is a professor at Texas A & M University-Central Texas where he is a principal in their soon to be launched MS One Planet Leadership Program. Jody has consulted with public and private organizations and published in numerous scholarly journals. Presently, he is a member of the editorial review boards of The Leadership Quarterly and Public Inquiry, a former editor of the Journal of Management Spirituality and Religion, and the editor for Information Age Publishing of a book series, Advances in Workplace Spirituality: Theory, Research, and Application. The author of two books, Maximizing the Triple Bottom Line Through Spiritual Leadership, published by Stanford University Press and Spiritual Leadership on Action: The CEL Story published by Information Age Publishing, he is the founder of the International Institute for Spiritual Leadership and a commissioned spiritual director. His present research, consulting and executive development interests are focused on maximizing the triple bottom line through spiritual leadership to co-create a conscious, sustainable world that works for everyone.
Eleftheria (Ella) Egel
Eleftheria Egel, DBA, PhD is President of IISL. She also works as an adjunct professor of Business Ethics and CSR at the International University of Monaco. Her research interests are focused on the implementation of spiritual leadership within culturally heterogenous environments as a tool for facilitating leadership within the global marketplace. Previous to working with IISL Eleftheria worked in the financial industry, as an entrepreneur in the education industry, and served as a project leader for various projects in the areas of education and culture co-financed by private firms and the European Union. She is a fluent speaker of English, French, German, Italian and Greek. With her versatile educational and professional profile, Eleftheria brings to IISL a practical understanding of cross-cultural issues within international and multi-cultural organizational environments. Her most fervent ambition is to contribute to the unfolding leadership trend based on universal ethical and spiritual values that supports inclusive and sustainable development for businesses and their communities.
Melissa S. Nisiewicz
Melissa Sadler Nisiewicz is a consultant for the International Institute for Spiritual Leadership. Her work has been focused around the research and development of the effects of leadership to intrinsically motivate employees through organizational design and transformation, strategic scorecards, and performance excellence. Previous to working with IISL, Melissa served as a consultant to several fortune 500 corporations through the capacity of strategic planning and merger consolidations. Most notable were her contributions as a project manager for the ConocoPhilips and Aetna (NYLCare, divesting of NYLCare to BlueCross BlueShield of Texas, and Prudential) mergers along with being a project lead for the ExxonMobil merger. The majority of her strategic planning work has been with oil, gas, and energy organizations; she has however worked with financial institutes, insurance agencies, and call centers. Currently she is working as a business strategy analyst/consultant for NATO in Mons, Belgium.
Co-creating a conscious, sustainable world that works for everyone
To enable individuals, teams, and organizations.
- To facilitate and support employee development of mindfulness though an inner life practice.
- To create hope/faith in a vision of serving key stakeholders through a culture based on the values of altruistic love.
- To foster spiritual well-being.
- To have a sense of calling or purpose in making a difference in the lives of others and key stakeholders.
- To have a sense of membership in establishing a community whose members feel they belong and are understood and appreciated.
- To attain high levels of organizational commitment, productivity, and life satisfaction.
- To create and establish organization-wide a “do what it takes” attitude in the pursuit of a vision that includes high levels of employee well-being, sustainability, and performance excellence – The triple bottom line.
IISL draws on a global network of highly qualified scholars, consultants and practitioners to further the theory, research, and practice of personal and organizational spiritual leadership. As part of this broader mission IISL works on a selective basis, with the meaningful involvement of our clients, to empower stakeholder focused, intrinsically motivated, leaders and organizations that seek to maximize the triple bottom line through spiritual leadership.
Our Values Based in Altruistic Love
These values define altruistic love provide the foundation for the Spiritual Leadership Model and IISL’s culture as we work to exceed the expectations of our key stakeholders.
Honesty – we seek the truth, rejoice in it, and base our actions on it.
Integrity – we walk the walk as well as talk the talk. We say what we do and do what we say and, if for some reason we can’t do this, we let you know as soon as possible
Humility – we are modest, courteous, and without false pride. We are not jealous, rude or arrogant and do not brag.
Courage – we have the firmness of mind and will as well as the mental and moral strength to maintain our morale and prevail in the face of extreme difficulty, opposition, threat, danger, hardship, and fear.
Kindness – we are considerate, humane and sympathetic to the feelings and needs of others.
Empathy/Compassion – we read and understand the feelings of others. When others are suffering we understand and want to do something about it.
Patience/Meekness/Endurance – we bear trials and/or pain calmly and without complaint. We persist in or remain constant to any purpose, idea, or task in the face of obstacles or discouragement. We pursue steadily any project or course we begin and never quit in spite of counter influences, opposition, discouragement or suffering.
Trust/Loyalty – in our chosen relationships, we are faithful and have faith in and rely on the character, ability, strength and truth of others. We recognize, rejoice in, and celebrate the noble efforts of others.
Forgiveness/Acceptance/Gratitude – we suffer not the burden of failed expectations, gossip, jealousy, hatred, or revenge. Instead, we choose the power of forgiveness through acceptance and gratitude. This frees us from the evils of self-will, judging others, resentment, self-pity, and anger and gives us serenity, joy and peace.
Excellence – we “do what it takes” to get the job done in meeting the needs and striving to exceed the expectations of those we serve through continuous innovation and improvement. We know that it takes 10% more effort to do a job right the first time and 90% more effort to do it over. We recognize, rejoice in, and celebrate the noble efforts of our colleagues and clients.
Fun – enjoyment, fun, and playful activity must exist in order to stimulate minds, foster creativity and bring happiness and a sense of well-being to one’s place of work. We therefore view our daily activities and work as not to be dreaded yet as reasons for smiling and having a terrific day in serving others.