One of the many things I love about the Global Leadership Summit is that there is a second day. It’s a great feeling to know that after being poured into on that first day, I get to come back the next day and do it all over again, experiencing another full day of challenging, insightful, and inspirational messages. This year was no exception, and the second day was excellent, as always.
Here is a summary of my key takeaways from the speakers on day two of the 2014 Summit:
The power of a group is a function of the purity of its motives.
Anytime you find yourself stuck, ask yourself what crucial conversation you are not holding or not holding well.
It’s a myth that you have to choose between telling the truth and keeping a friend.
People become defensive not because of what you’re saying, but because of why they think you’re saying it.
Erica Ariel Fox
The most difficult negotiations are not with others, but with ourselves.
Identify performance gaps in your life and organization, and then systematically close them.
Find places where you are saying “yes” today that need to become “no.”
Identify opportunities for conversations that are being avoided and lovingly confront.
Work is a place to exercise faith, live love, and bring hope.
I am called to be a person of truth, full of compassion and grace.
An organizational culture can be toxic or life-enhancing.
We cannot allow prayer to become a crutch to not do anything.
If you’re not going to do anything about the answer, don’t ask the question.
You cannot allow your budget to dictate your faith.
With revelation comes responsibility.
Jesus knew that all things were under his power, yet he still took on the role of a servant.
Leaders must be able to effectively wield power while also being vulnerable and seemingly powerless.
Great leaders refuse to use influence or intimacy for intimidation or control.
Great leaders create safe places where people find fulfillment.
When you feel the weakest is when you are really the strongest.
Leaders, the stakes are too high to die with a small vision.
You don’t have to know everything about how to climb the mountain in order to take the first step.
Leaders must have a sense of urgency. Life is short, but God is big, so take the next step.
Don’t stop walking in the confidence that Christ will fulfill everything he has called you to do.