Top 20 Quotes from Leadership Summit (2015)

Top 20 Quotes from Leadership Summit (2015)

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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.

  1. “Armed with enough humility, leaders can learn from anyone.” Bill Hybels
  2. “The core of leadership is not vision or strategy, it’s self-sacrificing love.” Bill Hybels
  3. “A charismatic cause doesn’t need a charismatic leader. Inspire people to follow the cause, not to follow you.” Jim Collins
  4. “We succeed at our very best only when we help others succeed.” Jim Collins
  5. “Art isn’t about drawing, art is about learning to see.” Ed Catmull
  6. “Success is less like Battleship (sinking other ships), and is more like the rising tide that lifts all boats.” Adam Grant
  7. “We’re not thinking beings who sometimes feel, we’re emotional beings who sometimes think.” Dr. Brene Brown
  8. “Being on empty is not a sign of a good work ethic.” Albert Tate
  9. “What industry is not in service? Go to work to be excellent in caring for people.” Horst Schulze
  10. “Nobody can claim superiority over another human being.” Horst Schulze
  11. “You will always be able to find something wrong with the feedback you receive.” Sheila Heen
  12. “With any exchange between giver & receiver, it’s the receiver that’s in charge.” Sheila Heen
  13. “So much of leadership is like walking on water, only God can keep you from sinking.” Brian Houston
  14. “If you don’t have an antidote for fear, you will be crushed by it.” Bill Hybels
  15. “You will not find the definition of success until you help the people God sent you to succeed.” Sam Adeyemi
  16. “Following you should hold the promise of life change for those who follow you.” Sam Adeyemi
  17. “If you want your team to stay relevant, lead your team into the unknown.” Liz Wiseman
  18. “It’s not what you know, it’s how fast you can learn.” Liz Wiseman
  19. “If your character is not strengthening, your future is weakening.” Craig Groeschel
  20. “Why would I ever want to resist a temptation tomorrow that I could eliminate today?” Craig Groeschel

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Honorable mention (at no extra charge):

  • “Love never leaves a heart the way it found it.” Bill Hybels
  • “Reframe failure as growth.” Jim Collins
  • “Be rigorous, not ruthless. Take care of your people, not your career. Life is people.” Jim Collins
  • “Who you are in the middle space (where you can’t see in front of you) is where leadership is born, it’s where courage is forged.” Dr. Brene Brown
  • “Be a successful giver by doing more 5 minute favors.” Adam Grant
  • “Leaders forfeit the right to make excuses!” Horst Schulz
  • “Jesus did not only crush the power gap, He overturned it.” Sam Adeyemi
  • “Stories are the way we communicate with each other.” Ed Catmull

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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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