Despite the good wrap, and the very persistent advertising by our pastor Casey Wolverton, it was with reservation that I registered to attend the recent Global Leadership Summit, especially since I had to take a day of leave from work. This attitude was based on time and money previously spent on many leadership seminars, which after each I considered in essence a waste of both.
After the very first session I noted to others around me, that if that was all there was for the program, it would have been well worth it. I learned that rather than the usual functions we consider important from leaders such as casting vision, building team, motivating and so forth, that there are five really important aspects to leadership labelled the ‘intangibles’.
These are: grit – that is unremitting, long term tenacity; self-awareness – getting to know our ‘blind spots’; resourcefulness – learning agility, figuring a way forward; self-sacrificing love – loving like others are family; and creating a sense of meaning – having and knowing the ‘why’ at the core of what we do.
You can imagine after another eight sessions I felt I had received bonus plus some. Aside from the main speakers - each Pastors, business people, or authors - there were ‘grander vision’ video excerpts interspersed between them. These were mini documentaries about inspirational individuals who are contributing to society in a variety of ways, and at the same time benefiting personally.
All sessions were based on the true servant leader style, being like Jesus. The presentations were truly powerful and relevant. Apart from the presentations we had time in our groups to discuss and apply the materials presented to our own ‘real life’ situations; and to socialise with others present. Pastor Dale White, our host, was an amazing front person. He, and his associate pastor, along with the HumeRidge Church of Christ team of volunteers ensured our time at the program was well organised and thoroughly enjoyable. Their capacity to make people feel not only comfortable, but very welcome was outstanding. The catering, the manning of the resource centre, the band, and the audio/visuals for the presentations were top class, and much appreciated.
If you have the opportunity to watch the DVD of this year’s program, do it. It was a very worthwhile two-day event, which I have been promoting everywhere since my attendance. If you book now for next year it is only $99. I think everyone should grab their teenagers, their Mum or Dad and their Grandma and register for the GLS 2016. I’ll be there.