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.

  1. “Your culture will only ever be as healthy as the senior leader wants it to be.” Bill Hybels
  2. “Every worker secretly wants to know at the end of the day: how am I doing? It is cruel and unusual punishment for a leader not to answer those questions regularly.” Bill Hybels
  3. “Often times, resourcefulness is the most effective weapon in a leader’s arsenal. Figure it out.” Bill Hybels
  4. “Human potential is the one and only limitless resource we have in this world.” Carly Fiorina
  5. “Bureaucracy in any setting crushes potential. Like bad managers, bureaucracy squashes the spirit.” Carly Fiorina
  6. “The highest calling of leadership is to unlock the potential of others.” Carly Fiorina
  7. “Jesus went among the poor, not because he felt sorry for them, but because he saw their potential.” Carly Fiorina
  8. “Hopefully you don’t cause it, but be around a crisis early in your career.” Jeffrey Immelt
  9. “Forget networking, focus on service.” Susan Caine
  10. “Are you leaving margins in your ‘field’ to bless those in need around you?” Bryan Loritts
  11. “When people become leaders because they’ve calculated the ROI, that’s just economics, not leadership.” Patrick Lencioni
  12. “The only real payoff for leadership is eternal.” Patrick Lencioni
  13. “It is a myth that you cannot tell the truth and keep a friendship.” Joseph Grenny
  14. “People get defensive because of your intent not content. Create safety.” Joseph Grenny
  15. “When you’ve created a safe environment, you can talk about almost anything with almost anyone.” Joseph Grenny
  16. “You can measure the health of an organization by how many things can’t be discussed.” Joseph Grenny
  17. “If you’re not going to do anything about the answer, don’t ask.” Wilfredo De Jesus
  18. With revelation, comes responsibility.” Wilfredo De Jesus
  19. “Leadership comes with power. It’s inevitable. The question is how you’ll steward that power. Is the world becoming a better place because of your power?” Ivan Satyavrata
  20. Creativity and leadership come from the same place.” Tyler Perry

GLS14 Speakers

If you’d like to see more quotes from previous Leadership Summit conferences, here are the links for my top quotes from 20132012, and 2011.

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Jeremy Jernigan

This is the personal blog of Jeremy Jernigan. Husband to Michelle and father to Gavin, Madsen, Adelyn, Aiden, and Abel. Author of Redeeming Pleasure and Lead Pastor at Abundant Life Church in Portland.

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