President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has urged Liberians to take on leadership by making the difference in whatever they do.
She emphasized that leadership takes place in all spheres of society, homes, schools and organizations; adding that leadership is that person, who is willing to stand up to make a difference; to do something in a positive way, setting examples for others to follow.
President Sirleaf made these brief comments over the weekend at the Monrovia Christian Fellowship Church at a two-day Global Leadership Summit.
She inspired participants at the Summit to stand up wherever they are and do something to make a difference, which is what the society needs. The Liberian leader pointed out that if thousands exhibited such leadership, it will multiply, enabling the nation to move in one direction to achieve a common purpose.
She challenged the participants to be inspired by the teachings of facilitators to become great leaders. “I want to commend and applaud these leaders, who are promoting this Summit and will be able to inspire you so that you will walk out of these sessions boldly into your homes, schools, organizations or churches and people will look at you and say yes, he or she has gone through something that has transformed him or her; Somebody will then say there goes our leader.’’
The fourth Global Leadership Summit is being held under the theme: “Extraordinary Leadership in Critical Times”, bringing together hundreds of individuals from all sectors of society.
Welcoming President Sirleaf to the church, the head for the Empowerment Temple Church, one of the organizers of the Summit, Rev. Dr. Ketura York Cooper, said the Global Leadership Summit is aimed at strengthening participants’ leadership skills.
She said because of the Ebola virus disease, the Summit was doubtful; but with prayers it’s now possible. “In the midst of all that is happening, we still have people, who are willing to register to learn and improve their leadership skills,” she said. Rev. Dr. York-Cooper reiterated that the followers are better when the leaders are better.
She thanked President Sirleaf for taking time off her hectic schedule to visit them and showing solidarity with their efforts. “It means much to us.”
For his part, the Rev. Dr. Samuel Reeves, offered prayers for the nation.
The Global Leadership Summit is a community of leaders committed to advancing the kingdom of God on earth. They are convinced that effective, Christ-centered leadership is critical to advancing the Kingdom of God on earth. They believe that the Church is at the center of this plan.
However, the influence and impact of the church is felt most fully when everyone that’s a part of a church is fully living out the life God has called them to live. This includes leaders from business, government, education, non-profits and multiple other spheres of influence.