On June 19th, 2019 the nation of Ghana will have the unique opportunity to experience a momentous time with world-renowned leadership guru and my mentor, Dr. John C. Maxwell. Many will be introduced for the first time to this astute global icon and leadership thinker, teacher, coach, author, and speaker.
The theme of what is aptly named, A Day with John C. Maxwell, is “Transformation for a Healthier Leadership Culture.” The day will include two related activities:
(i) VIP Breakfast at the Alisa Hotel at 8 AM, and
(ii) Leadership Conference at the Accra International Conference Centre at 1 PM.
The VIP Breakfast is meant to create an avenue for key leaders of Ghana’s seven (7) streams of influence, including Government (Agencies and Politicians), Education, Business, Christian Churches and other religions, Arts and Culture, Media, and Family Advocacy Groups to join Dr. John C. Maxwell at breakfast, network with one another, and explore how to transform their organizations and the nation by applying proven core leadership principles and values. We expect executive officers and officials of the 7 Streams of influence and their upper level administrative teams to attend the VIP breakfast. Dr John C. Maxwell, who has expressed interest in undertaking transformation of Ghana, will share what Values-Based Leadership Transformation Roundtables entail and how the tools may be applied in the Transformation of Ghana to enhance growth. The ticket price for the VIP breakfast and attending the afternoon Conference is 5,000 Cedis and discounted until June 14 at 4,000 Cedis.
The afternoon Leadership Conference is meant to optimize the personal and professional growth and leadership capabilities of management executives, officials, and human resources personnel of organizations and their teams (both private and public) by influencing and inspiring them to achieve greater teamwork and productivity in their organizations. The conference will be filled with practical lessons and authentic stories from Dr. John C. Maxwell’s own leadership journey, including shifts in his leadership strategies over the years, as well as proven principles for making changes that will define the leadership legacy of management executives and their teams. He will also demonstrate live how he has mentored his own Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Mark Cole, to influence growth in his enterprises. The ticket price for the main Conference is 1,250 Cedis and discounted until June 14 at 1,000 Cedis.
Who Is Dr. John C. Maxwell?
Dr. John C. Maxwell is a #1 New York Times best-selling author, coach, and speaker who has sold more than 30 million books in fifty languages. He has been identified as the #1 leader in business by the American Management Association and the most influential leadership guru in the world by Business Insider and Inc. magazine. He is the founder of The John Maxwell Team, EQUIP, and the John Maxwell Leadership Foundation, organizations that have trained millions of leaders from every country of the world (including Ghana). The recipient of the Mother Teresa Prize for Global Peace and Leadership from Luminary Leadership Network, John Maxwell speaks each year to Fortune 500 companies, presidents of nations, and many of the world’s top business leaders.
Do you want to jumpstart your leadership?
Perhaps you are an experienced leader who wants to fine-tune your leadership skills. Or you are facing challenges as a leader that you are having a difficult time solving. Or you are new to the workplace and aspire to make a difference by increasing your influence. Regardless of your reason for wanting to improve, Dr. Maxwell believes that you can learn to become a better leader. Why, you may ask? It’s because everything rises and falls on leadership. Therefore, if you want to make a positive impact on the world, learning to lead better will help you do it.
Leadership is one of Dr. John C. Maxwell’s passions. He has been on a leadership journey for more than 50 years and has dedicated his life to sharing with others what he is learning about leading. He began by asking the following questions you probably also ask yourself:
Who is a leader?
How should I define leadership?
Where does leadership start?
What should I do first?
How can I increase my influence with others?
How can I develop a productive team?
How can I keep getting better as a leader?
Sometimes leadership questions can be difficult to answer. But leadership does not have to be confusing or overwhelming. In fact, John C. Maxwell says that anyone can learn to become a better leader because leadership is influence. If you can increase your influence with others, you can lead more effectively.
Too often people associate leadership advancement with their career path. That’s the wrong paradigm, says Dr. Maxwell. What you should be thinking about is your own leadership development. The sign of good leadership isn’t personal advancement. It’s the advancement of your team. When others succeed and your team gets better, it’s a sign that your leadership is improving.
Dr. John C. Maxwell reminds us to learn to take clear steps to help us develop in key areas of leadership. He reminds us to take our focus off of a job title and explore how to earn the respect and trust of our team by developing relationships. As we do, people will want to follow us. From there we will give more attention to how to develop the team and increase their productivity. Finally, we have to focus on how to share what we have learnt to help the people we lead to become leaders in their own right,
Dr. John C. Maxwell’s key message is that no matter where you are in your leadership or what challenges you face, you have a choice to improve your leadership from this day forward. He wants to show Ghanaians how to do so. You can become a better leader! To do that all he is asking is that you consistently set aside 15 minutes every day for the next 90 days to improve your leadership. Read one leadership principle, practice it, reflect on it, raise questions about your leadership and how you influence people, and move forward by writing a response or taking action steps to get better. If you don’t have a leadership position yet, realise that adopting these same principles and action steps into your life now will open the leadership door in the future.
The writer, Dr. William A. Amponsah is Professor of Economics and Founder, Transformation Ghana Leadership Initiative