Once again the Global Leadership Summit lives up to its reputation of being a premier leadership event, delivering world class leaders from the church, business, government and non-profit organisations. This is my 10th GLS and as in previous years I have come away inspired, encouraged and challenged to 'lead with all diligence' in my leadership context.
Below are some highlights and key learnings that spoke into my leadership journey over the past two days:
Bill Hybels -- Hard-Fought Leadership Lessons
Founder and Senior Pastor, Willow Creek Community Church
"We need to be as passionate about the spirit of our people as we are about the vision."
"The kindest form of management is the truth."
"Don't get too addicted to vision achievement that people feel like equipment."
"Find and develop leaders with a legacy mindset. Legacy leaders pay the price to fix a broken culture."
Susan Cain -- Quiet: Challenging the Extrovert Ideal
Best Selling Author, Viral TED Speaker on The Power of Introverts
"If we want people to be at their best we need to create an environment where they can receive the right amount of stimulation."
"Stop the madness of constant group work...create a hybrid of self and group work to get the best of creative thinking and ideas and stop the conformity of opinions."
Joseph Grenny -- Mastering the Art of Crucial Conversations
Co-Founder, VitalSmarts; Social Scientist for Business Performance
"When conversations turn from casual to crucial you and I tend to do your worst."
"You will either talk it out or you will act it out."
"We often believe the myth that we have to choose between telling the truth or keeping a friend."
"Crucial conversations held well can become a trust building accelerant."
"Candor is never the problem - it is the intent not the content that creates defensiveness."
Patrick Lencioni -- The Most Dangerous Mistakes Leaders Make
Founder of The Table Group, Business Speaker and Best Selling Author
"Reason to be a leader - to sacrifice yourself for the well-being of others, even before you know whether there will be a return on your investment."
Don Flow -- A Grander Vision
Chairman and CEO, Flow Companies Inc.
"Love is what should animate Christian Leaders."
"A part of being created in the image of God is being able to imagine the future."
Wilfredo De Jesus -- A Grander Vision
Senior Pastor, New Life Covenant Church; TIME's 100 Most Influential People 2013
"You cannot let your budget dictate your faith."
"Once the moral condition of your community has been revealed to you you must move to action."
"What is sacred is the message not the method."
"If you are not going to do anything about the answer, don't ask."
"With revelation comes responsibility."
Ivan Satyavrata -- The Power Paradox
Senior Pastor, Assembly of God Church, Kolkata, India
Introductory comment to Bill Hybels, "Thank you for allowing God's whisper to grow to a crescendo so that the world can hear God's voice."
"A leader's power lies in her ability to influence people."
"How do we apply the power paradox to the injustice and evil in our world? We use the kingdom power at our disposal to confront evil and challenge its structures. On the other hand we are patient and resolute."
"The power paradox enables me to surrender to God the enigma of unconquered evil."
"Power paradox leaders are level 5 leaders who combine humility with fierce resolve."
Carly Fiorina -- Defining Leadership
Best Selling Author; Political Commentator; Business Strategy Expert
"Bureaucracy crushes the potential of people inside them and the people they intend to serve."
"The highest calling of leadership is to unlock the potential in others."
"Management is the production of acceptable results in known constraints and conditions. Leadership is about changing those conditions."
Jeffrey Immelt -- Positioning Your Organisation for the Future
President and CEO, General Electric
"It is the horizontal strength that keeps teams together."
"Be around a crisis early in your career, because you can tell a lot about a leader when times are tough."
"In volatile times the best leaders go forward."
Louie Giglio -- Take the Step
Pastor, Passion City Church; Founder of the Passion Movement
"You don't have to know everything to get up the mountain to take the first step."
"The stakes are too high for us to die with a small vision."
"A leader has to be committed to the finish line."