Had a great day yesterday at the Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit. It’s a fantastic event and I’m thankful for the hosts of our closest Summit location extending me an invitation and paying my way. Below are the lessons from my three favorite sessions on Day 1.
HARD FOUGHT LEADERSHIP LESSONS | BILL HYBELS
Lesson #1 — The spirit of the team is more important than the power of the vision.
“Your culture will only ever be as healthy as the senior leader wants it to be.”
Lesson #2 — Great leadership is, by definition, relentlessly developmental.
When is the last time you’ve assigned a young leader to an important task to test and invest in them?
Lesson #3 — You must learn to discern between hirelings and owners.
Owners will care about the culture, endure the rough patches, think about long-term financial viability, develop leaders—because they care about the long-term vision.
Lesson #4 — Endure
We get one shot at this thing called life. Our lives are the dash between the two dates on our headstone. You can live and lead small, safe, selfishly. Or you can choose to pursue a bigger vision for the good of others that leaves something beautiful behind.
INSTIGATING CHANGE THROUGH PERSONAL SACRIFICE | BRYAN LORITTS
#1 — Ministry isn’t the only meaningful way to impact the world.
“Your vocation can become a viable vehicle to advance the meaningful truths of live.”
#2 — I can’t claim to have God’s heart and do nothing for the least of these.
“The blessing of God is not meant to be hoarded but shared.”
THE MOST DANGEROUS MISTAKES LEADERS MAKE | PATRICK LENCIONI
Mistake #1 — Becoming a leader for the wrong reasons.
We should want to lead because we want to sacrifice ourselves for the good of others, even if we don’t know there will be a return on investment.
Mistake #2 — Failing to embrace vulnerability.
People don’t expect us to be perfect, but they do expect us to be human. You have to be more vulnerable as a pastor because the cost of people not trusting you is so high.
Mistake #3 — Making leadership too important.
Our identity can get wrapped up in being a leader and overshadow who we really are.
At the center of these dangerous mistakes is PRIDE.
Which of these lessons is the most intriguing for you?