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Top 20 Quotes from Leadership Summit (2015)

Top 20 Quotes from Leadership Summit (2015)

This is part of a series of posts on 20 quotes. Click here to see others.

I spent the last two days with more than 2000 leaders in my community. We absorbed insights and encouragement from speakers at this year’s Global Leadership Summit. For those of you who may be unaware, the Leadership Summit is a two-day conference hosted by Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago. Central hosted the event the last few years and this year we hosted it at two of our campuses.

Below I’ve selected twenty of my favorite quotes from the event. Each of these quotes is my best representation in writing of what they said verbally or a summary thereof. Any errors in wording are my own.

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The 2 Criteria for Following a Leader

Most of us have had supervisors we loved, and ones we secretly hoped would get a promotion… to somewhere else. How do you know when you’ve got a good boss? Is it when you agree with every decision they make? Good luck. Is it when they only say positive things to you? You won’t grow. I submit to you that at the core, you need two criteria for a good leader:

  1. Someone who can be trusted and has integrity
  2. Someone who is competent in their role

Obviously, good leaders have a whole lot more than these, but I’d argue these two are the lowest common denominators. Sorry for the math reference, that rarely happens.

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The Gift of Bad Leaders

I’ve arrived at a leadership axiom after a couple different observations collided together in my head.

Example #1: Recently I watched as one of the people on my team had to navigate a difficult situation. To top it off, he was fixing a problem from someone else. On one hand, it wasn’t fair he had to do this. But that comes with the territory when you lead well. It was precisely because of his great leadership he was given the task of fixing another person’s problem.

Example #2: This coincided with a story I was reading about Moses. As Moses is receiving the “big ten,” his brother Aaron is busy enabling the Israelites to start making their own gods and essentially forgetting everything God had just done for them. When Moses confronts his brother, Aaron gives a typical—yet awesomely moronic—defense of his poor leadership:

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Top 20 Quotes from Leadership Summit (2014)

Top 20 Quotes from Leadership Summit (2014)

I spent the last two days flooded with insights and encouragement from speakers at the Leadership Summit. For those of you who may be unaware, The Leadership Summit is a two day conference hosted by Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago. Central has hosted the event the last few years at one of our campuses.

Below I’ve selected twenty of my favorite quotes from the event. Each of these quotes is my best representation in writing of what they said verbally or a summary thereof. Any errors in wording are my own. Click here to see other posts I’ve done featuring my top 20 quotes.

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Promoter of the Faith

I’ve always been a bit of a contrarian. While I like what this ultimately leads me to I’ll admit that it’s not always the most fun position to hold. Going against the flow in almost any area carries a burden with it. But it also allows for greater diversity and depth of perspective.

Recently I’ve been reading this book and it mentioned a part of the Catholic Church that I had never heard the full story of before.

For centuries, the Catholic Church made use of a “devil’s advocate” in canonization decisions (i.e., in deciding who would be named a saint). The devil’s advocate was known inside the church as the promotor fidei—the “promoter of the faith”—and his role was to build a case against sainthood. John Paul II eliminated the office in 1983, ending 400 years of tradition. Since then, tellingly, saints have been canonized at a rate about 20 times faster than in the early part of the twentieth century.

An effective promotor fidei is not a token argumentative smarty-pants; it’s someone who deeply respects the Catholic Church and is trying to defend the faith by surfacing contrary arguments in situations where skepticism is unlikely to surface naturally. (Who wants to argue against someone who’s lived a life so admirable that they merit consideration as a saint?)

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What Are You Taking For Granted?

What Are You Taking For Granted?

I recently spoke at a church in Minnesota. Upon landing at the airport, Michelle and I proceeded to get our rental car. I stood by the driver side of the car as I signed the papers to conclude the transaction. My wife opened the passenger side door and found something left in the car from the people before us. As you can see in the image above, it was an oddly shaped brush.

My wife, never one to be bashful, quickly informed our rental car associate that somebody left their brush in our car. Our associate didn’t seemed phased by this and replied that it was supposed to be there.

“For what?” my wife asked.

“Um… snow,” came the reply.

Michelle and I both laughed. The lady helping us didn’t. We tried to explain that we’re from Arizona and we don’t use those. In fact, we’ve never used one on a car before. Our rental employee seriously had a hard time wrapping her mind around what we just shared with her and continued to give us a strange look.

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