What I Learned at the Global Leadership Summit, Day 2

My last post shared what I learned at Day 1 of Willow Creek’s Global Leadership Summit. Here’s what I learned the second day:

leadership summit


grennyJoseph Grenny is a business leader and author. His presentation was practical and engaging.

  • Leadership is intentional influence.
  • We’re naive about how profound our social influences are.
  • There are personal, social, and structural influences.
  • Your job as an influencer is to help the good stuff feel pleasurable and the bad stuff feel painful.
  • Help people frame specific daily decisions in godly ways.
  • There are 6 sources of influence that can work for or against us:
Motivation Ability
Personal Make the Undesirable
Surpass Your Limits
Social Harness Peer Pressure Find Strength in Numbers
Structural Design Rewards &
Demand Accountability
Change the Environment


leadership summitBrene Brown is a professor at the University of Houston who gave a wildly popular TED talk on vulnerability.

  • People need to be be seen and loved, to belong, and to be brave.
  • If you struggle to ask for help, then you are judging other people when you offer them help.
  • Professing love has very little meaning in comparison to practicing love.
  • You can choose courage or comfort, but not both.
  • If you are not in the arena also getting your butt kicked on a regular basis, I am not interested in or open to your feedback.
  • As the world has grown, so have the number of cheap seats.


leadership summitOscar Miriu is the Senior Pastor of Nairobi Chapel in Kenya and is, apparently, a leadership development machine. As somebody who oversees a pastoral residency program, I had great interest in his talk.

Five Convictions About Leadership Development

  1. The size of your harvest depends on how many leaders you have (Matt 9:37-38).
  2. Don’t live just for your generation, but for the next one (Psalm 71:18).
  3. Identify the budding leaders around you and take them to the Lord in prayer (Num 11:10-17).
  4. Instill the 5 loves into your budding leaders (Mark 12:32-33).
  5. Never do ministry alone (Acts 4:13).


leadership summitDr. Henry Cloud has written about a million books and consults with many top companies and leaders. This talk resonated with me personally as I’ve had some moments where I’ve fallen into the trap he discusses.

  • The hardest thing that a leader has to be “ridiculously in charge” of…himself.
  • Leaders who lead themselves well think, feel, and behave differently than others.
  • When leaders get stuck along the way, they’re tempted to fall mentally into the 3P trap:
    • Personal — taking the challenge or failure personally. “I’m not good enough.”
    • Pervasive — thinking the problem is bigger than it is. “This happens all the time. Everyone knows I’m not good enough. Everything sucks.”
    • Permanent — thinking it won’t change. “It’s always going to be this way.”
  • Fortunately, there’s a way out:
    • Log & Dispute — write down the negative thoughts. Dispute it when it comes into your head with the word of God.
    • Get Back in Control — write out what you can and can’t control. Control what you can. Don’t worry about what you can’t.
    • Connect — your brain runs on oxygen, glucose, and relationship. Reconnect with people.


leadership summitAndy Stanley is the Senior Pastor of North Point Community Church. I’ve learned so much from Stanley over the years and I love his leadership podcast. This talk combined some of the material in his latest book, Deep & Wide. It was my favorite session by far. Great way to end the conference.

I liked this message so much that I plan to show it on a Sunday at Redemption Gateway at some point when the DVD is released. Because it was so good and I was so caught up in it, I didn’t take too many notes.

  • Jesus said he would build his “congregation”—how Tyndale translated Matt 16:18.
  • We are here because Jesus made a promise that he would build his church. Jesus has been and will continue to build his church and nobody will stop it.
  • The central teaching of the church was not, “We believe something was true” but “We believe something happened.”
  • Be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain.



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Luke Simmons

I was born and raised in Denver, CO and lived there through high school. Then I moved to Champaign, IL where I attended the University of Illinois and played on the Fighting Illini baseball team. I was married in December, 2001 to Molly, who I met at the U of I. In June of 2002, we moved to Phoenix and have been here ever since. In July of 2006, we welcomed a baby girl, Abby, into our family.

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