Notes from the leadership journey!

Favorite Quotes From the Global Leadership Summit

Our favorite leadership development event is the Willow Creek Association’s Global Leadership Summit. This year’s Summit was the 20th event, and our fourth in a row (see my posts on the 2011 and 2013 Summits).

Here are some of my favorite quotes/thoughts from this year’s Summit …

Bill Hybels
Hybels is the leader who challenges me most!

  • What God treasures more than anything in this world is people … even more than visions!
  • Don’t make your people pay because you’re so fired up about the vision.
  • Your culture will only be as healthy as the senior leader wants it to be.
  • People join organizations. They leave managers.
  • Legacy leaders leave something beautiful behind them. Are you a hireling or an owner of the vision?
  • Leaders have a legacy mindset to build something of enduring value … not for personal ambition or personal gain.
  • Legacy leaders run on a higher-quality fuel source.
  • The grander the vision, the higher the price tag (e.g., God’s redemption plan and the sacrifice of Jesus).
  • Legacy leaders are the only ones wiling to pay the price to fix a broken culture.
  • Build in solitude breaks. It’s hard to hear God at Mach 2.

Jeff Immelt
I didn’t take a lot of notes during Hybels’ interview of Jeff Immelt (CEO of GE), but I could have listened to these two leaders talk ALL DAY! One note I made was a statement on career advice: “Be around a crisis at an early age (hopefully, you didn’t cause it) … We don’t know anything about you when the sun is up.”

Patrick Lencioni
Outside of Bill Hybels, Lencioni has spoken at more Summits than anyone else. This year was his third year in a row. I always enjoy listening to Lencioni, and this year’s talk was extremely valuable!

Lencioni talked about the three most dangerous mistakes leaders make …
1. Becoming a leader for the wrong reason.
2. Failure to embrace vulnerability.
3. Making leadership too important.

  • The common trait of these mistakes: PRIDE.
  • If we’re doing it for ourselves we’re going to leave a trail of tears behind.
  • I get tired of hearing about servant leadership … because there isn’t any other kind.

Joseph Grenny
This was Grenny’s second Summit in a row. He talks about “crucial conversations.”

  • Crucial conversations are marked by high stakes, opposing opinions, and strong emotions.
  • Myth: You have to choose between telling the truth and keeping a friend.
  • If you don’t talk it out, you will act it out.
  • Three crucial moments in churches: 1) Performance problems with volunteer staff; 2) Members who are struggling in sin or disconnecting from church; and 3) Concerns with pastors.
  • Crucial conversations are a pit or a path.
  • Two tasks in a crucial conversation: 1) let them know you care about their goals, 2) let them know you care about them.

Ivan Satyavrata
Satyavrata is an Assemblies of God pastor from India.

  • Leaders manage power.
  • Every leader has people power. How are you using it? To manipulate or to add value?
  • Lord, make us leaders who are courageously powerful and genuinely vulnerable, marked by fierce resolve and humility.

Tyler Perry
Perry was interviewed by Bill Hybels. It was a fascinating interview with a Christ-follower, who is a creative leader in the entertainment industry.

  • Remember who you were before you became who you are.
  • I use laughter as the anesthesia to get to the real, deep issues.
  • On critics: God has prepared a table before me in the presence of my enemies. So watch me eat!

Louie Giglio
I always love listening to Giglio!

  • We’re not going up any mountain unless we believe that life is brief.
  • Life is short. But God is big! Life is short. But God can do anything!
  • The only way to the top of the mountain is to take the next step!
  • You don’t have to know everything about the mountain in front of you to take the next step.
  • The stakes are too high for us to die with a small vision.
  • We rest because what we do depends on God, not on us!
  • Humility is what makes great leaders.
  • Humility is not a character trait we develop, it’s a byproduct of spending time with Jesus.

The two-day event was very impacting. These are just some of the thoughts that impacted me!

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