wca-gls leadership wisdom

Each summer the Willow Creek Association host a unique Global Leadership Summit….and via the powers of blog, streaming and twitterHere are a few of the best threads I’ve gathered……here’s to sometime attending in person!

Most organizations think it is beneath them to build a healthy organization. Organizational health is the single greatest competitive advantage in business.
Visions are the most vulnerable in the middle, because the excitement from the beginning is gone, and you can’t yet see the end.
The X-factor of leadership is humility. Jim Collins    
…when things become stressful, …, you become more of who you are.
The most dangerous people are those who are oppressors.
‘The signature of mediocrity is chronic inconsistency’ Jim Collins
When we tell people to do their jobs, we get workers. When we trust people to get the job done, we get leaders
“Everyone’s life gets better with Christ at the centre” @BillHybels
“God values maturity.  If you’re not dead, you’re not done.”
People need to be reminded more than they need to be instructed.
“When you are angry, you will make the best speech you will ever regret!! William Ury
“One of the fundamental requirements of a leader is to stay curious. Stay courageous. Always experiment.”
“To often we argue about Christianity rather than marvel at Jesus.”
“You are the most difficult person you will ever lead…………..“Everyone wins when a leader gets better.”
“Many leaders incorrectly assume the most important leadership asset is their time…The most valuable asset is their energy and their ability to energize people.”
“What would be the greatest half-dozen contributions that I could make to the church that You and I deeply love? I can’t sprint for six months. But I can sprint for six weeks.” 6-tasks-in-6-weeks
“This was the greatest breakthrough of my leadership life – Putting energy bursts against overwhelming odds to see God do amazing things……All the senior leaders work by 6X6 initiatives.”
“God didn’t make you a leader to respond to stuff all day. He made you a leader to move stuff ahead.”
A church takes ALL of its cues from its leaders. That never ever changes.
Leaders must fight autopilot at all cost. Leaders lead out of who they are on the inside.
“There is nothing like the local church when the local church is working right.”
Authenticity trumps cool. Craig Groeschel

*update: here’s the wca follow-up resource!