OUR STORY

Global Leadership Network Australia & New Zealand

The mission of the Global Leadership Network is to inspire and equip world-class leadership that ignites transformation.

The Global Leadership Network conducts an annual event called the Global Leadership Summit (GLS). This is a two-day, world-class leadership experience. The Global Leadership Summit brings together 400,000 participants for the world’s largest leadership event and is broadcast every August LIVE in HD to hundreds of satellite locations in North America. In the months that follow, the Summit takes place at an additional 900+ sites in 135 countries. Australia is one of those countries. The GLS came to Australia in 2005 under the auspices of Willow Creek Association Australia (later renamed Global Leadership Network Australia) and we are now a separately incorporated affiliate.

Over the past 15 years, we have seen many significant leaders who have stepped up to lead the GLN Australia into a growing movement across the nation. We have had incredible staff who have worked tirelessly in the mission. We have also had huge involvement from an exceptional Board numbering more than 25 different senior leaders from around Australia, volunteering their time and expertise to bring governance and vision.

For all those who have been part of this story, we are truly grateful.

Dozens of leaders have spoken at the Global Leadership Summit and have shaped the path for the GLNA. These have included names such as John Maxwell, T.D.Jakes, Andy Stanley, Patrick Lencioni. Craig Groeschel, Christine Caine, Marcus Buckingham, Carly Fiorina, John Ortberg, Condoleezza Rice, John Dickson, Erwin McManus, Brian Houston, Jim Collins, Danielle Strickland, Jo Saxton, Bear Grylls, Steven Furtick and many more. Their collective wisdom and teaching has strengthened the lives of people all around the globe.

The Global Leadership Summit provides unique content and opportunity for leaders nationally to grow and be inspired in their fields of influence. Over the years we have become aware of the value of gathering leaders from churches, business, communities, politics – in fact, we know that leadership is influence and everyone has influence. The GLS has something to offer everyone.

The GLNA journey has not always been an easy one. In March of 2018 accusations of sexual harassment and/or sexual abuse of power against Bill Hybels, the founder of the GLS, were made public. An Independent Advisory Group concluded that the accusations were credible. Bill Hybels has had nothing to do with the GLN in any way since this time. We faced the issues promptly and addressed it at all our public gatherings at the time.

Our proactive response to these events has helped shaped the movement we are fast becoming. We are determined to engage in ongoing conversations about correct use of power, about authentic leadership and gender respect, and to champion safety and dignity for all women and men, regardless of culture, opportunity, or social standing. This is a continuing priority of the GLN movement in Australia.

In 2005, starting with just five sites in five major cities around Australia, we initially saw 2,663 women and men attend the Global Leadership Summit. By 2019, this extraordinary ministry had expanded to include 26 cities hosting the Global Leadership Summit. In addition, new formats of the Summit were being developed to impact and strengthen school students and business leaders. We have also hosted additional one-day leadership events in recent years with Nancy Beach, Craig Groeschel and Carey Nieuwhof bringing relevant messages for the times we are in.

We changed our name from the Willow Creek Association Australia to the Global Leadership Network Australia (GLNA) in early 2019. This name change, in the planning for several years, expresses the wide and outward focus of our growing work. It aligns us with our international partners and truly expresses the heart behind the GLS – to network leaders across nations to transform and shape culture.

In 2021, after an incredibly challenging couple of years where the world faced a global pandemic and all organisations were challenged to change and grow, the GLNA expanded with more than 130 GLS Local gatherings across every state and territory of Australia. A premier GLS Online event was also screened to more than a thousand viewers. GLS Next Gen events were blossoming in schools and youth organisations and the GLNA diversified it’s audience to specifically focus on business leaders and women in leadership across the nation. We also engaged in a partnership with Global Leadership Network New Zealand and joined organisations to increase our reach. We are now one organisation across two nations.

We are global.

We are all about leadership.

We are a true network.