Leadership Summit 2016: Bill Hybels

If you missed the Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit this year, no worries I’ve got you covered. I’ll be posting my notes and thoughts from each presenter over the next couple of days.

If you’re unfamiliar with Leadership Summit, more than 300,000 leaders participated in this world-class experience designed to help people to grow in their leadership capacity and effectiveness. Global Leadership Summit is a two-day event telecast LIVE in HD from Willow’s campus near Chicago every August to hundreds of locations in North America. Throughout the fall, Summit events take place at an additional 675+ sites in 125 countries and 59 languages.

Willow Creek Community Church Founder and Senior Pastor Bill Hybels opened the Summit addressing The 4 Lenses of Leadership.  The following are leadership quotes and lessons from this incredible session.

  • Everybody wins when a leader gets better
  • Armed with enough humility leaders can learn from anyone

The 4 lenses of leadership

#1 Passion Lens

  • What fills your passion bucket?
  • It’s the leaders job to fill their own passion bucket
  • Your team wants their soul to be stirred by passion of their leader
  • How full is your passion bucket?
  • Passion comes from the heights of a beautiful dream or the depths of something that has gone terribly wrong in the world
  • What matters most to people (more than generous compensation packages & healthy team cultures) is to work with and around a passion filled leader
  • A motivated worker will outperform an unmotivated worker by 40%
  • Passion is like protein for the team, it energizes them along the way
  • It’s not just presiding over something or pontificating
  • Leadership is simply taking people on a journey from “here” to “there”

#2 People Lens

  • Most people grew up in a fear based, performance oriented work culture
  • Most people have never experienced a high trust, high functioning team culture
  • It doesn’t matter where you start, you can build a healthy culture
  • An organization will only ever be as healthy as the top leader wants it to be
  • You can change the culture of your team if you want to
  • God treasures one thing in this vast cosmos above everything else…people
  • Transnational Noise: water-cooler conversation and chatter takes a toll on the moral of the entire organization
  • Talent Observation: our problem is we’re increasingly distant from people in the organization and have no exposure to them.

#3 Performance Lens

  • Leaders have to get stuff done and have to set the pace
  • Speed of the leader – speed of the team
  • Goal setting and performance measurements
  • Goalaholism will hurt the spirit of your team
  • To move forward it will take constant readjusting of your leadership goals
  • Thriving = taking ground
  • Health = holding ground
  • Under-performing = losing ground
  • Everyone wants to know how they’re doing
  • It is cruel and unusual punishment to employ someone and for them to not know how they’re doing
  • Do you drive your organization so hard that it has to misbehave or so loosely that it’s floundering?

#4 Legacy Lens

  • The legacy lens of ministry: what people remember about you once you’re gone
  • Are you proud of what you’re going to be remembered for?
  • Leadership is not fundamentally about time it’s about energy, what are you investing your energy in?
  • There aren’t do-overs but there are make-overs
  • Leadership can become a drug that other parts of your life have a hard time competing with
  • Legacy can be made different in a moment (positive or negative)
  • Leadership matters and it matters disproportionately

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