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Published September 18, 2018

The Gift of Leadership Transforms Nations

Greetings from Uganda! Tubalamusiza mulinyalay Yesu! 

On behalf of all the leaders taking part in The Global Leadership Summit around the world, I want to thank you for the annual support through the Global Leadership Development Fund.

The hunger for leadership.

The Summit impacts our churches and families. It impacts our communities and it impacts our nations. The Global Leadership Summit has affected my nation, Uganda.

Uganda, the Pearl of Africa, is a beautiful country with very friendly people. According to the BBC, the Annual Expat Insider Survey 2018, conducted in 191 countries, ranked us the friendliest nation in the world.  Sadly, however we have also been ranked by the Transparency Index, the 31st most corrupt nation out of 181 countries in the world

Once leaders learn to lead the right way, their capacity to touch individual lives — their capacity to transform communities and entire nations — is unimaginable.

Across Uganda, there is a great need for leadership development based on biblical values. Leaders who lack integrity are celebrated by the majority of our population. The Christians who really want to do the right thing face a lot of opposition and are not seen in very good light. While the younger generation, who constitute 78 percent of our population, have very few role models and so they swim against the tide until they, just give up and join in.

After we showed the Summit at one location, I remember one leader stood up and said, “Wow, this has helped us see that the people who we lead actually don’t have much confidence in our leadership because of the things we do and the fact that we don’t lead lives of integrity.”

He said, “I’m going to work very hard at building my leadership so the people I lead have confidence in me. Then I’ll be able to influence them and add value to their lives.”

There is also a hunger for this training in the church. Many of these church leaders don’t have the education, while some of those who are educated, require support to enhance their leadership skills.

The power to transform communities.

There are no events like the GLS which provide world-lass leadership messages targeting leaders in different parts of the nation regardless of their age, economic status, or religious affiliation. They can spend one to two days being trained, inspired and encouraged to transform their communities. 

We believe Uganda can change. We believe we can stand up and do the right thing as leaders.

When they attend our Summit, we tell them that we believe Uganda can change. We believe we can stand up and do the right thing as leaders. We let them know, “We’re here to support you.”

I have personally experienced the Summit go far beyond making people better leaders. Once leaders learn to lead the right way, their capacity to touch individual lives — their capacity to transform communities and entire nations — is unimaginable.

YOU can transform lives by giving the gift of leadership.

More than half of the 875 GLS international host sites require funding support because our pastors and leaders can’t afford to cover the costs of the event with their registration fees, including in my own country.  In many cases those who need the GLS the most are those who can least afford it.

We are grateful to you for your generosity over the years that enables us share in this gift of leadership.

We are grateful to you for your generosity over the years that enables us share in this gift of leadership. We are all here to transform our churches, our communities, and our countries.  We know you share that vision for your country as well.

It’s my honor to invite you to kindly make an investment in leadership development across nations.  I appeal to you to seize the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of leaders in every sector of society by giving to the Global Leadership Development Fund.

Your generosity funds the international GLS movement. For those who have given in the past, thank you!  The stories that you have heard are because of your generosity. Your gift matters to us, whatever the size.

On behalf of the 240,000 international leaders who will attend the Summit this year, we THANK YOU.

About the Author
Betty Byanyima from Uganda

Betty Byanyima

Betty Byanyima serves as the Team Leader and Facilitator of The Global Leadership Summit in Uganda. She is a John Maxwell Certified Leadership Trainer, Coach, Mentor and Team Member. She serves as International Faculty Haggai Institute for Advanced Leadership and is National Facilitator Transforming Nations Alliance, as well as National Faculty of the Institute of National Transformation in Uganda. Her work in the area of Leadership and Personal Development spans across a wide spectrum of leaders from Members of Parliament to Local Councilors, leaders in the Corporate World and Community Leaders.

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