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 …
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!