It is said that education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil. The same applies to leadership. At whichever level, leadership without values leads to tyranny, corruption and slavery. If we are to develop leaders, we must start by inculcating the right values right from early stages of life. And in a world where Artificial Intelligence is growing and threatening some traditional careers, one field that will never be disrupted by AI or technology is leadership.
One of my greatest leadership development experience was serving in the Christian Union in campus. Here I learnt key skills that I still use and perfect today. I learnt how to delegate work, team work, creativity, persuasion, time management, planning, how to embrace technology to solve organizational problems, how to build and motivate teams, how to work with people from different backgrounds, and many other skills. And all these have been key in my work, years after I left campus. These skills matter in business, in employment, in ministry, in politics, and even in families. I am grateful for these skills that were impacted to me through the work of the Fellowship of Christian Unions (FOCUS) Kenya.
This week, FOCUS Kenya will hold a 3 day conference focused on building leaders at the Co-operative University of Kenya. The National Leadership and Mentorship Summit provides a platform for both students and associates to come together to learn, and for mentorship. The conference will bring together key leaders in Kenya such as Prof. Solomon Kendagor, Dr. Florence Muindi, Ms Valentine Gitoho, Prof. Kivutha Kibwana, Rev. Dr Richard Mutura, among others. The objectives of the Summit is:
- To challenge student leaders to develop a clear sense of calling, godly character and right competencies for enhanced Christian influence on campus, church, and society
- To equip the CU leaders on effective management of the Christian Unions through training, peer accountability and sharing ideas on best practices.
- To provide a platform for engaging and explore possible solutions on emerging issues on campus, church, and society both at a local and global level.
- To sensitize, build capacity and Catalyze mentorship as a critical strategy for developing people to become agents of godly transformation on campus, the marketplace, church, and society.
This is a must attend for student leaders and associates who want to have an impact in the church and the society. I will be there.