Two days at the Global Leadership Summit. Twenty-two pages of handwritten notes. And a twitter feed that nearly caught fire.
That’s a small glimpse of my take-away from my experience this past Thursday and Friday, August 8 and 9.
I’ve been sitting here, trying to find words to recreate the conference for you, the feelings of purpose and inspiration and direction that infused those of us who attended #WCAGLS for those two days. But nothing I come up with does it justice.
I’ve attended at least three or four leadership summits. But I wish each one of you could’ve been at this one. Then maybe you’d see in yourself what I see, your talents and influence and limitless potential. The way you—YOU—could change your neighborhood, your workplace, your church or the blog world unlike anyone else. Then maybe you’d stop feeling like you’re failing and lost and instead see yourself as both found and called.
Because you are.
I can’t give you a two-day conference in a blog post. But I can give you a handful of words that made it into the lined pages of my journal. Wherever you are, whoever you lead, have COURAGE. Know you’re NOT ALONE. And lead well.
Building organizational culture is every bit as important as building the organization. —Bill Hybels, Senior Pastor, Willow Creek Community Church, Chicago, IL
Staff culture will only be as healthy as the CEO or Senior Pastor wants it to be. To delegate that responsibility is to doom it. —Bill Hybels [saw a lot of tweets flying on this one]
People join organizations. They leave managers. —Bill Hybels
There’s no such thing as an unimportant person. —General Colin Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State
Leadership is getting more out of people than the science of management says you can. —General Colin Powell
There are three chief things that cause job misery: Anonymity, Irrelevance, Immeasurability. —Patrick Lencioni, Founder and President, The Table Group
The logic of a Diminisher = No one can do what I do. The logic of a Multiplier = People are smart and will figure it out. —Liz Wiseman, President, The Wiseman Group
How do you become more of a multiplier? Start by asking more questions. —Liz Wiseman
An insecure leader must have a title & position. A secure leader will just pick up a towel. And wash feet. —Chris Brown, Co-Senior Pastor & Teaching Pastor, North Coast Church
Every Thursday morning I quit something. If you create some margin, Jesus will put some amazing things in that space.” —Bob Goff, Attorney, Founder and CEO, Restore International
Choose your companions before you choose your road. —Mark Burnett, Executive Producer, The Voice, Survivor, The Bible
Inspiration and vision are essential. But unless that goes into changed behavior, then we fail. —Vijay Govindarajan, Professor, Dartmouth
What kills love, kills organizations: shame, betrayal, blame, disrespect, and withholding. —Brene Brown, Researcher, University of Houston Graduate School of Social Work
You can choose courage, or you can choose comfort. But you cannot choose both. —Brene Brown
In the absence of love and belonging, there is always suffering. —Brene Brown
Love is a cultivated communion between two people only when there is self-love in both. —Brene Brown
Never do ministry alone. Any time you’re alone, you waste an opportunity to mentor someone else. —Oscar Muriu, Senior Pastor, Nairobi Chapel, Kenya
Your life is a movie, not a single scene. Don’t base the value and beauty of your life on one bad scene. —Dr. Henry Cloud, best-selling author, Boundaries
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. —Joshua 1:9
Where are you leading right now, and which of these quotes encourages you most?