Core Values & Tenets

"The Crest" of National Collaborative Institute of Leadership is embedded with a "Crucifix", which denotes that NCIL observes its "Core Values" as expressions of the Institute's Christian beliefs and traditions. NCIL takes seriously these four distinct implicit Christian "Core Values" for which the Institute was founded and continually strives to attain and foster: High Leadership, Truth, Service, and Justice.


The first core value, High Leadership, is an expression that derives from the African culture: Diceros bicornis = Greek and Latin meaning "two horns", and often considered the black rhinoceros. South African farming communities draw upon their conceptions of leadership from the qualities of this rhinoceros, and symbolizes it in Mapungubwe gold, emblemized as "sacred leadership" or "high leadership". Relevant to sacred/ high leadership, the diceros bicornis is considered solitary and does not run in herds, but is close to its companion and offspring. Due to its size and force, and being a natural vegetarian, this two horned rhioncerous is neither a predator nor is it preyed upon, but generally lives in harmony with other animals. NCIL seeks to embody and foster the value of "High Leadership", expressed through family and community amenability.


Is pronounced taw (Hebrew tav, taf). Tav is the 22nd and last letter in the Hebrew alphabet (ת), transliterated as t or when final "th". The origin of TAV derives from Hebrew meaning "cross" or "mark". In Christian understanding, the "cross" or "mark" represents the reality of the virtues of Jesus, suffering at the "TAV". At N.C.I.L., we value the "truth", by saying, "In the end, "truth" will always win".


The word "service" or "servant" derive from the Hebrew/Aramaic word "עבד‎" (Ahbed), which means “to work” “to serve.” Biblical Aramaic, Aramaic and Syriac all use the word in the sense of either “slave” or “servant.” Thus, the understanding of abet to “to assist". This is the framework of all staff and instructors of N.C.I.L., "to assist" others as they carry-out their mission and vision together.


The scales of justice relate to fairness. The scales underscore that decisions will be made by weighing the evidence in just and fair ways, and a sword symbolizes "Lady Justice's" authority to make decisions. Often symbolized by a "lady" holding a sword and scales, N.C.I.L. identifies "the Lady" as the "Divine Spirit" of God, which resides in each believing human, equipping each person to embody, to know, and to do what is just and fair.