Here are the highlights I grabbed from his talk:
Leaders Lead the Way
- Everyone wins when a leader gets better.
- Hybels retold the parable of the scattered seeds (Luke 8) at the start of his talk.
- No matter how much seed is sown, some people are closed off to it.
- The reaction to a message doesn’t impact its truth.
- Jesus created a seed rejection ratio in this parable. He chose a 75% seed rejection ratio, which is incredible to think about.
- Everyone’s life would be better with God at the center of it.
- If you want to see more trees in your church, plant more seeds.
- Do the people who drive by your church everyday know you are there?
- What happens if leaders don’t listen to those around them, to the Holy Spirit? They miss out.
- A church takes ALL of its cues from its leaders. Never changes.
- Leaders must fight autopilot at all cost.
- Work habits are the things that leaders struggle with the most.
- Uncertainty about how to order a leaders life keep them from maximizing their impact.
- Leaders think their time is their most important asset, it isn’t. Their energy is and their ability to energize other people.
- In the next 6 weeks, what are the biggest contributions could I make to the church?
- 6X6 is a game changer. Make your weekly calendar be based on your 6X6 goals.
- God didn’t make you a leader to respond to things all day, but to move stuff ahead.
- In a planning phase, every question must surface.
- Who decides what?
- Who is involved?
- How long will something take?
- In succession, what is the pastor’s role, what does he do after the transition?
- Make sure your greatest legacy as a leader means your church will live on past you as the leader.
- God doesn’t make you a leader to keep people still or for them to think you are smart. God makes you a leader to move people to a better future.
- Don’t paint the picture of the future until you build the case for why you cannot stay where you are.
- The middle of a leadership vision is when it is most vulnerable. Not at the starting line or when you can see the finish line.
- Year 10 – 15 can be the season when a leader is most vulnerable.
- My overarching thought of leadership is, what a privilege it is to be a leader.