In January 2017, Harvest Institute was started, this is a serious growth environment that is designed to challenge its students to live out their full potential. It has been 6 months and the assignments have not been “a joking subject” – I have so far read over 14 books and written synopsis for 12 of them. The portfolio of books that we have indulged include but are not limited to; 5 levels of Leadership, 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership and 15 invaluable laws of Growth – By John C Maxwell.
We have also read and Culture of Honour by Danny Silk and Hosting the Presence by Bill Johnson. Bill Hybels’ Courageous leadership was a transformational book that challenged my thinking about leadership and the level of vulnerability servant leaders need to approach the task at hand with.
In short, the glitz and glamour that has been associated with leadership in the African context is what has kept the leaders we have under the lid and failed to progress beyond “positional” leadership. The titles mean nothing if your influence isn’t out of earned respect and consistent vision casting.
My wife and I needed to raise money for the summit and one of the strategies we used was approaching people and getting vulnerable to them. It was uncomfortable, asking people for their hard earned money for nothing in return (in the immediate at least). I got to see how, we’ve been conditioned to ask for financial help as a reaction as opposed to proaction. It even gets easier when we have a “pity story”.
Courageous leadership is proactive, you sell a vision. We invited a few people to be part of our journey and financially stand with us. Many gave and few couldn’t make a contribution for plausible reasons. We were able to raise over 50% of the funds my wife and I needed to make it here without breaking the bank. I must say the lessons have been incredible!
I am looking to learn lots and day one has been tremendous!