Leadership Summit – Thursday Morning

I spent my day at The Leadership Summit (or at least on of the satellite campuses) with several hundred other leaders.  I believe this is the  5th one that I’ve attended.  Always good stuff.

I thought I’d share a few nuggets of wisdom from each of the speakers.  Mostly because writing it down and repeating it to you (my two readers) helps me commit it to memory.

Session 1 – Bill Hybels

Bill Hybels, senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church, spoke on the high drama of decision-making.

What I learned:

  • Leaders cannot be decision-averse; at some point you have to take action
  • Many great leaders condense all of their knowledge and experience into proverbs or axioms that guide them.  When you communicate these consistently, they become entrenched in the  culture of the organization.

Some of Bill’s axioms taken from his new book Axiom:

  • Vision leaks
  • Get the right people around the table and things will be fine
  • Facts are your friends
  • When something feels funky, engage! (Problems won’t go away on their own)
  • Leaders call “fouls”, sometimes on themselves

Session 2 – Gary Haugen

Gary Haugen is the President and CEO of International Justice Mission.  He spoke on Just Courage: Charging the Darkness.  Andrea bought one of his books.  Not sure which one.

  • The definition of injustice is the abuse of power.  The Bible calls it a sin.
  • We are God’s plan to show the world that He is good.
  • If you want your leadership to matter, lead in the things that matter to God.
  • Leadership matters most when things are hopeless, scary, and hard.
  • Do you want to be the one who climbs the mountain, or the one who looks at the pictures of people that climbed the mountain?
  • Cheerful, safe, and easy things don’t require leadership and don’t draw us to God.
  • Enough with the Christian-adjusted scale of mediocrity.  Choose excellence.
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