Attending the 2010 Global Leadership Summit was a truly uplifting and spiritually rejuvenating experience. As with all conferences some speakers resonated more with me than others but those that did, did so in a very significant and impressionable way. Highlights for me included the presentation and story of Blake Mycoskie and TOMS Shoes – the power of giving and what can be achieved through the desire to give is an inspiration for us all and lies at the heart of the gospel message. The humility, dedication and faith of Tony Dungy and his message of leadership by encouragement is something we all need to take on board. The interview of Jack Welch produced such pearls of wisdom for anyone aspiring to leadership but was also a delightful observation on character and a journey towards faith. Providing us with insightful presentations of his own and leading us all through the conference was the person of Bill Hybels, himself an inspiration not only in what he had to say but also in what he has achieved at Willow Creek. That in itself is a story that one cannot but help marvel at and be inspired by.
I felt God very much at work during those two days, both personally but also communally. I do hope I will be able to attend again in the next few years. In the meantime, I will be urging anyone who is remotely interested to take the bull by the horns and go. It is something they will never regret.
Chaplain, Kings College
Auckland, New Zealand