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Global Leadership Network UK & Ireland

WCA UK & Ireland

A Day at the Summit


I have to admit, I was a little unsure …

A whole day alone, with my screen, watching content which I knew would challenge and inspire but could I do it? A whole day?

What about the breakout time? Did I really want to meet new people right now? Have I got the energy to be a contributor and not just a consumer? Should I just take the line of least resistence and opt out?

These questions, and many more took up my thoughts as I approached attending the first GLS Online Digital Experience.

You might be thinking the same?

So, what was it really like?

Well, as the prompt 9.00 am start time drew closer, I surrounded myself with coffee, snacks and treats with the proverbial pint litre of water on the side to salve “my must keep hydrated” conscience and settled down. The upbeat intro reminded me of so many previous Summits, and in a moment I was drawn in, Sarah and Rodger set the scene, helped me know what to expect and we were away.

Craig Groeschel is the kind of leader I could listen to forever, his down to earth no nonsense presenting style and actionable content always seems to hit the spot.  As we considered the principles of organisational life cycles, my mind wandered to where my own organisation was at, recently born, growing perhaps at a lesser pace than the curve in the excellent delegate handbook was showing, far from maturity (and hopefully decline). I mused on this, and other organisations I am familiar with, praying and believing that we would all lead through our fear and make progress in these difficult times.

And so the day had started, and as it progressed, I realised breakout times weren’t quite as scary as I thought they might be, great conversations were had, and learning shared.

One thing I have learnt as a serial GLS attendee is that not all speakers will get your attention in the same way, and that sometimes the speaker you have been looking forward to hearing most can leave you feeling a little let down, and yet others surprise you, hitting the spot and speaking to you in such a way that it seems they are speaking directly to you, and only you.

When drift happened, the online chat was a great way to keep engaged, on the day I attended there was some serious banter and at times opposing thoughts shared. As we chatted, links to other resources were shared, contacts made and email addresses swapped.

A benefit of watching the Summit alone, is that when those AHA moments come, you can thump the air, shed a tear or shout Amen loudly – all things that the more reserved among us would not dream of doing sat in an Auditorium full of people.

For me the unexpected session was the interview that Craig Groeschel did with Sadie Robertson-Huff – it was so refreshing to see a young person with a heart of God’s Kingdom living life in an authentic way and having an incredible influence on her generation.

And, finally, if I am allowed another highlight the final talk by Albert Tate, helping to ground us as:

  • table-flipping leaders (those who serve justice),
  • footwashing leaders (those who share compassion) and
  • limping leaders (those who walk in vulnerability)

– all leading with authenticity to serve our generation was profound in its application and unforgettable in its simplicity. I loved it!

Was it worth a day, absolutely. Do you need to book? Yes! And you can do it here – glsuki.org

Shared by a UKI GLS Attendee October 2020