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About Life Leadership

The Life Leadership Programme is designed by Friends International to help international students discover and develop their leadership skills. Our vision is to give you a platform on which to grow as a leader, developing great habits now that will stay with you for life.

We believe this programme will enrich your studies, your career and your confidence in all aspects of your life. It will challenge you to see beyond your immediate world, and embrace the challenges that come your way. You will laugh, discuss, reflect and be inspired to live with integrity, vision and excellence. The material that we teach is built upon the writings of world-renowned leadership experts such as (among others): R. Meredith Belbin, Jim Collins, Tim Elmore, Michael Hyatt, Patrick Lencioni, John Maxwell, Walter C. Wright.

We draw from the inspiring stories of past and present great leaders in addition to our own personal experience in the field of leadership. The whole programme is accessible, engaging and full of life. Friends International is a Christian charity who serves international students in practical, social, spiritual and professional ways through a wide variety of programmes. The Life Leadership Programme is born out of our vision to invest in young adults, and is rooted in our Christian values that serve as powerful building blocks for excellence in leadership.

Students who complete our programme will receive our Life Leadership certificate. A great way to show prospective employers that you take leadership seriously and have already begun the journey of leadership growth.

We believe that personal leadership is a vital discipline for the growth and wellbeing of young adults. You can find out more about us here.


What the students have said:

"I 100% recommended the course because it is a refreshment of values that you can practice in real life."

"It allowed me to have some very interesting conversations with other people and encouraged to learn more about myself. It is definitely an opportunity that you might not get anywhere else."

"I’ve never enjoyed a training so much like this. It was much beyond my expectation."

"It made me think about and consider a lot of things that I usually would just let be. It made me take a deeper look into myself as a person."

"I learnt about the importance of VISION in leadership, the significance of TEAMWORK in the workplace, the greatness of PERSEVERANCE, how to build and preserve CHARACTER, as well as how to enhance my PERSONAL MANAGEMENT."

"That was a very refreshing course that helps and equips me to identify and work in areas that I had never seen as important or relevant. This lessons have been important and helped me to develop and discover new skills."

"The classes really refreshed my mind and encouraged me to continuing working, to improve my skills and ask for help."

"I loved the discussion times. People were very open minded and we had some interesting conversations. In life usually there is no chance to speak about such topics."


The Core Team

Douglas Humphris

Co-Author and Coordinator of The Life Leadership Programme

Douglas works for Friends International in Glasgow and has been teaching leadership to students in partnership with the University of Glasgow and Glasgow Caledonian University since 2015.



Lenny Konschewitz

Co-Author of The Life Leadership Programme

Lennart Konschewitz is originally from Nuremberg, Germany, where he studied International Business. Since 2007, he has worked as a project and communication manager for several companies including adidas, Nehemiah Gateway and Every Nation. Lennart is an Independent Certified Coach, trainer and speaker with the John Maxwell Team. In October 2014, Lennart and his wife Caly moved to Belfast to help start "Every Nation Belfast", a charity and non-denominational ministry. In 2020 they are moving to Florida to join a new ministry.

Lenny wrote a Leadership training course called iLIVE Leadership which has been used annually in Belfast and Glasgow since 2015. The content of his course has formed the basis for much of the Life Leadership short course. We are very grateful to Lenny for his huge contribution to the Life Leadership programme. He remains part of our core team as an adviser and co-author.


Wynelle Cowdery

Retreat Teaching Coordinator

Wynelle has an excellent track record in educational & business management/administration globally with 35 years experience. She is a talented communicator and recipient of the "Outstanding Woman of America" award.

Among other things, Wynelle has founded her own personal TV programme, been author and contributor to a Woman's Talk Magazine, and author of two training manuals.


Dr Paul Cowdery

Retreat Teaching Coordinator






Madeleine Bonicel

Coordinator of Life Leadership Nottingham

Madeleine works for Friends International in Nottingham. She has been leading the Life Leadership programme there, in partnership with Nottingham University Business School.





Sebastien Bonicel

Retreat Activities Coordinator

Sebastien, based in Nottingham, is a professional leadership speaker and coach who is part of the Nottingham Life Leadership teaching team, and leads the team-building and leadership activities at our annual Retreat.




The Friends International Life Leadership Programme is accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management (TILM). TILM are the "leaders in leadership", combining years of research, knowledge and innovation to champion the leadership agenda for all. Participation in the Friends International Life Leadership programme is a recognised pathway to individual membership with TILM.

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