There are countless examples of how Jesus continuously developed the disciples to be leaders. Whether it was through real life examples, parables, teachings or sending them off to lead and come back and debrief, Jesus clearly understood that great leaders need to be cultivated and trained…it doesn’t just happen.
I believe it is our responsibility as leaders of our companies to prepare those around us to be great leaders with the goal of them leading our companies beyond where we could lead them alone. That is why I am so excited about the upcoming Global Leadership Summit. I attended the Global Leadership Summit for the first time last year and it changed my life both personally and professionally. From the very opening talk with Bill Hybels – I was hooked and God got ahold of me and I was never going to be the same. I am encouraging all people who would like to be all God created them to be to join me at the Global Leadership Summit Simulcast at Christ Church in East Greenwich, RI [or a location close to you] on August 6th and 7th.
Still not convinced…I get it. Two days out of work for you and your team can be a big ask. Read the following recap below and I hope it moves you to spend 48 hours that will change how you and those you invite, see each and every day going forward.
The Summit is a two-day world-class experience for serious-minded leaders who want to get better. It is intellectually rigorous, it is creatively inspiring, and the Summit is unapologetically Christ-centered.
The Summit is unlike any other leadership event in the world. First, it emanates from a local church and it is unapologetically Christian—that’s a little different from a lot of international leadership events. At the same time, the Summit is totally agnostic when it comes to who we can learn from. At the Summit, pastors humble themselves and expect to learn from leaders in the business community and other spheres, while business leaders and leaders from other arenas humble themselves and expect to learn from pastors.
An aspect that sets the Summit apart is our intentionality to engage not just the leader’s mind, but also their heart. Leaders don’t just leave equipped, they leave inspired.
Everyone wins when a leader gets better, and every leader can get better if they want to. The Summit’s goal is to help leaders become better as a leader. That’s why Christ Church in East Greenwich RI has become one of the 375+ host sites for the Global Leadership Summit this year.
What makes the Global Leadership Summit one of the most unique experiences of its kind is its steadfast commitment to challenging everybody to step up and embrace the critical role God has assigned to them.
I can tell you unequivocally I am a better leader at North Star because of things I learned at the Summit.
This year I am closing North Star Marketing for the 2 days and taking the entire North Star team – even those who don’t believe they are leaders. Because as John Maxwell said, “leadership is about influence, nothing more and nothing less. It is just a question of how each of us will steward our influence.” Our church, our community, our family, and our world need each and every one of us to lead well.
I hope you will join me at this year’s Global Leadership Summit and bring co-workers, friends and family that you would like to inspire to be all that God created them to be.
April Williams also blogs for the Center for Faith at Work, a group dedicated to inspiring, equipping and supporting people of faith so they are able to impact their workplaces for God’s Kingdom. Read more about the Center for Faith at Work here.