Lessons from 2014 Global Leadership Summit, Day 2

Read the lessons from Day 1 here.

Day 2 of the Global Leadership Summit was great. Because of some other commitments, I was only able to attend the afternoon — but it was still worthwhile. In fact, my 8 year old daughter joined me for the afternoon and asked if she could come to the whole thing next year because it was so interesting. Below are the lessons from Day 2.

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#1 – The western church has something to learn from the rest of the world — after all, it’s bigger.

“Thank you for being humble enough to listen to the voices from the majority world.”

#2 – Leadership inevitably involves power. What matters is whether you use the power to serve others.

“There is no leadership without power. Great leaders hold a scepter in one hand an a towel in the other.”



#1 – Attitude matters more than talent.

Better to pass over the most qualified person with a bad attitude and take the less qualified person with the best attitude.

#2 – Forgiveness is harder than people make it sound.

It takes a tremendous amount of energy to experience abuse and betrayal and the same amount of energy to forgive the abuser—you can’t just flip a switch.

#3 – Laughter is a huge leadership asset.

You can use laughter as anesthesia to prepare for the real message.

#4 – God is with you even when there is criticism.

“The Bible says that God prepares blessing in the presence of our enemies. So when I’m criticized, I just think, ‘OK, watch me eat.'”

*Note: This session was the surprise highlight of the event for me. I was really impressed by Tyler Perry and it made me want to watch more of his work.



#1 – God works despite our uncertainty and incompetence.

“Just because I don’t feel like I know what I’m doing doesn’t mean that God doesn’t have something amazing planned.”

#2 – It’s often more helpful to focus on the next step than the whole journey.

“You don’t have to know everything about how to get up the mountain, you just need to take a next step.”

I’m thankful to the folks at Central Christian Church for hosting a terrific event and for their generosity in allowing me to attend. If you ever get a chance to attend the Global Leadership Summit, you should.

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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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