Leadership is a great calling that not only changes the people being led but the leader too.   It was an excellent privilege to be able to speak during the 2021 Global Leadership Summit on 15th October 2021 at CITAM Valley Road.

The opportunity was availed courtesy of a long standing partnership with the International Christian Ministries and the George Wachiuri School of Mentorship.  In the year 2019 we begun the partnership with a sponsorship of 200 students from different universities by facilitating their sponsorship to attend the Global Leadership Summit.

As a mentorship institution this worked well as it was in symphony and harmony with our ideal which is to create transformation by reaching out to the less fortunate as well as empowering the youth to enable them to be agents of change in the future.

The reality that faces us especially in the times that we are living in, is that the call to leadership must consider the impact it has on future generations.   Take for example the rising cases of deaths, depressions, suicide and general imbalance owing to a lack of peace in our societies.

The central pattern that seems to replicate itself in these unfortunate instances is the involvement of youth either as victims or perpetrators.   We can not pretend to not see this reality but we as leaders at all levels must be a part of the solution.

Am encouraged by the input of leaders who spoke during the two day Global Leadership Summit as they encouraged hope and inspired the attendees to look at the possibility of a bright future.   That is indeed a catapult for us all to ensure that we hold the hands of those among us suffering, in denial and with no hope – by taking those hands in our own palms and guiding them from the darkness to the light.   Why?  Because a number of leaders have already passed through the same challenges but the youth and upcoming entrepreneurs and business people need not go through the same.

It is for this reason that the idea of the George Wachiuri School of Mentorship was borne.   While speaking at the CITAM Karen Business Forum on Friday 22nd October 2021 it became more clearer than before that the main need for all of us to move to the next level is through mentorship.

Majority of the attendants were keen to know how they can avoid the mistakes made by their predecessors and those they look upto in business.   My humble response was to advise them to get mentors, mainly people they look upto and who have already walked the path that they are now walking.

After all a business mentor is someone with more entrepreneurial business experience than you who serves as a trusted confidante over an extended period of time, usually free of charge.  And even if it does cost, mentorship is a lifeline so it is a cost that we should bear gladly.

George Wachiuri  is a leading Entrepreneur, a Published Author, Philanthropist, Youth Empowerment Enthusiast, a Family man and CEO of Optiven Group.

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