My list of key takeaways from the Global Leadership Summit.

For the second year in a row, I was fortunate enough to attend the Willow Creek Association’s Global Leadership Summit. Having attended a number of different leadership events throughout the years, I would have to put this one at the top of the list. The quality of the speakers and the messages they deliver are filled with tremendous insight, passion, purpose, clarity, and challenge. Following is a summary of my favorite takeaways from the event:

Bill Hybels

  • Everyone wins when a leader gets better.
  • Vision is a picture of the future that produces passion in people.
  • A leader’s most valuable asset is their ability to energize others.
  • God made you a leader to move stuff ahead, not just respond to stuff all day!

Jim Collins

  • Mediocrity = chronic inconsistency.
  • Blend creativity AND discipline.
  • “20 mile march” – manage yourself in good times so that you can be prepared for bad times.
  • Your organization is not truly great if it cannot be great without you.

Craig Groeschel

  • Do not just delegate tasks because that just creates followers
  • Delegating authority creates leaders.

Patrick Lencioni

  • Successful organizations are those that are BOTH smart and healthy.
  • Healthy organization: minimal politics & confusion, high morale & productivity, and low turnover of good employees.
  • Core value: something that you should be willing to get punished for.

Condoleeza Rice

  • Leadership involves helping others identify their own leadership capabilities.
  • You will achieve nothing of lasting value if you are only focused on today’s headlines instead of history’s judgment.

There were a number of other great speakers at the event, but these were my favorites! I hope these takeaways will be of value to you, even if in some small way. Great leaders are always looking for ways to improve and grow, and sometimes it just takes one key phrase or quote to inspire change.


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