Today I attended the first day of my third Global Leadership Summit, and it contained lots of great leaders with lots of great insight! There was such insightful content, but my main take-away was the importance of humility in leaders and a need for leaders to intentionally connect with those around them.
Bill Hybels began the summit in his usual fashion with great insight and a little joke for Canada. I found his talk on “The Lenses of Leadership” to be well though out and well structured, a great quality reflected in his book Simplify, which I’ve been recently reading. Referencing the first chapter of the book, Hybels talked about our passion buckets, and how it is the leader’s responsibility to refill their own bucket. Next he talked about the shattered lenses some leaders hold when it comes to people. High trust cultures are the most successful cultures, and “water cooler conversation” is a business killer. He gave examples of how his team has worked on the culture and moral using Lominger cards, which I plan to look in to, as they seem to be good tools to find workers’ strengths and weaknesses. His final two points reflected that the adjustment speed of the leader set the speed for the team. However, though leaders must constantly push ahead to move their team from “here” to “there”, they must be aware of the legacy they leave behind. It’s not necessarily the legacy of where they spent their time, but where they spent their energy.
Jossy Chacko was probably my favorite summit speaker today, and I took down so many notes, it’s a little difficult to sum everything up! His talk was centered on how it is our duty as Christians to multiply what God has given us. Like he said, “Don’t take your talents to heaven. Heaven doesn’t need them!”. He listed and explained three ways to expand leadership reach: enlarge your vision, empower your people, and embrace risk. He challenged us that when others hear of our vision, they should realize the size and power of our God, who gives and helps us achieve our visions. And only people with a vision for multiplying will see such opportunities around them. One such way to multiply our talents is to empower our people, however we must work on character before empowerment. Jesus knew that Thomas would doubt Him and Judas would eventually betray Him, but He gave them the chance. He empowered them to go spread the good news. Through empowerment, we can achieve amazing things. Empowerment is crucial because often entrepreneurs start a business but then become stuck and can’t move on to create greater things. That’s where a culture of trust comes in to play. Empowerment comes through relationships. Through empowerment it changes from you controlling the people to you controlling the outcome. And some risks are involved, which Chacko says we must embrace. A risk-free culture in leadership creates ineffective leaders, with the focus on preserving a position instead of using full potential. Check said “Do not let the fear of losing what you have on earth make you lose what God gave you”. And thinking about it from a Christian perspective, taking risks is just a leap of faith. Your faith shows when you trust in God and take the appropriate risks to fully utilize the talents He gave to you.
The final two speakers I’m going to sum up quickly, though their content was just as thought-provoking as the others. Travis Bradberry talked about his research in Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and went through the themes of his book, Emotional Intelligence 2.0, which I’m currently reading and throughly enjoying. He says the “silver bullets” of EQ is 1) get your stress under control, 2) clean up you sleep hygiene, and 3) get you caffeine intake under control. If you want to learn more, I’d recommend his book Emotional Intelligence 2.0, as it is a quick, but great read. Patrick Lencioni ended the summit today with a venn diagram of the perfect team player. I haven’t been too impressed by Lencioni in the past, but his talk today made a lot of sense, and I found many examples of the types of people he described in my own life. The three main factors he built upon were Humble, Hungry, and Smart (as in “people smart”). He also has a book that looks good, and I may read that sometime in the future.
All in all, today was a great first day to the summit, and I look forward to tomorrow’s speakers and topics. Like I mentioned above, this is my third summit, and you can check out my notes and thoughts of last year’s summit here. To finish this post, here’s Bill Habel’s famous quote:
“Everyone wins when a leader gets better.”