In a fast-paced, ever-changing world, most leaders find it difficult to make time or set aside budget for traditional leadership development programs or resources. Many leaders have expressed to us their sense of being overwhelmed, isolated, and even burnt out. They seek renewal and growth, but it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find a program that works with them.
I have spent about half my professional life in the private sector and half in the public sector, but no matter what the leadership position I have, one key to success is pouring yourself into your people.
Leadership really is about followership — if you don’t have followers, you’re not leading. I’ve been leading people and programs for 29 years and I always ask myself the same question: Who would I follow and why? The best leaders I have had are the ones who have taken the time to pour themselves into me. You know, the ones who actually care about me professionally and personally and see me not as just a cog in the machine, but as someone to grow, challenge, and inspire. That’s the type of leader I will follow and it’s the type of leader I want to be so others follow me.
We are excited to celebrate, encourage, and pray for leaders in Uganda as they hold The Summit this weekend.
Because of the corruption, 35% of the population lives below the poverty line and the life expectancy is in the bottom 10% in the world. Christian leaders in Uganda are hungry for encouragement and access to training at The Global Leadership Summit as they face this reality every day. They desire to see God glorified and their communities changed through the local church.
We are eager to bring an infusion of leadership vision and training to the leaders in Uganda.
I’ve gone back to school. Sort of. It’s perfect, actually; an online course from the Willow Creek Association. The LIFT Project offers Online Courses for Soul and Leadership Development, with several different topics available. The WCA has built up a huge amount of trust in their brand, thanks to their ongoing commitment to leadership development through the Summit and other events. Folks like Henry Cloud, Bill Hybels, Nancy Beach and Patrick Lencioni have made their mark on my educational development thanks to the efforts of the WCA.
A while back, my family and I were driving to Florida for vacation when my lovely bride pointed out the sign painted on the back of a truck. As we passed it I read what it said, “Our most valuable asset sits 63 feet ahead” (referring to the guy driving the truck). Isn’t that awesome? In this age of Corporate America where greed seems to rule, this was very refreshing to see.
Seeing this truck, I was reminded of a conversation I had with a mentor of mine about two years ago. I was really struggling with stress and I was not getting everything done that I wanted to. As a result I was putting a lot of pressure on myself.