I've attended about ten of these things, and it never fails: I learn. I change.
That's a good thing.
I've got notes; boy do I have notes. Here's a few from Bill Hybels' talk:
- You're probably in one of three places in the paradigm of leadership:
- (EARLY IN THE GAME) Can I do this?
- (MIDLIFE) Can I sustain this? *where I am now!
- (TOWARDS THE END) Can I take it past the finish line?
- Humility and respect are key to great leadership.
Five intangibles of leadership (from Richard Davis' book)
- GRIT: "Steely determination over decades."
- Gritty people play hurt.
- The Little Engine That Could - I think I can, I think I can...
- Gritty leaders work out
- Gritty leaders go above and beyond
- Senior leaders make gritty organizations unstoppable.
- SELF-AWARENESS: Ask "Who are you trying to impress?"
- We make questionable decisions based on things we are tethered to in the past - bad parenting, open wounds
- BLINDSPOTS must be examined to be self-aware; something we think we do well, but that we do not
- We all have 3.4 blindspots on average; you really have no idea
- Growth in self-awareness demands input from others
- RESOURCEFULLNESS: See everything the Wright Brothers did....
- SELF-SACRIFICING LOVE: Story of David when he does not drink the water his officers bring to him.
- Self-sacrificing love is always at the core of the core of leadership
- Love never fails.
- Love changes people.
- We live in a day of narcissistic celebrity leaders and a lack of trust - especially in the church.
- Self-sacrificial love - a deep personal love - will change things.
- Tear down "professional veils" that prevent you from love; it must start at the top, with the leader.
- The quality of love from the senior leader sets the tone for the organization.
- SENSE OF MEANING:
- Know what's in your 'top box'.
- Even the Pope said, "I am a very sinful man that God has looked kindly upon."
- God sees your gap - from who you are to who you need to be.
- Leadership matters in all industries and across disciplines - in life and in death.