GLS15: Session 1 Bill Hybels

Global Leadership Summit 2015
Session 1
Bill Hybels , The Intangibles of Leadership

Welcome and Introduction

  • Leadership is moving people from here to there
  • Leadership is all about movement
  • we, as leaders are at different points in the journey: - can I do it?
  • can I sustain it?
  • can I take it across the finish line?
  • humility is the highest value at the Summit

The Intangibles of Leadership

  • Book: The Intangibles of Leadership (Richard Davis)
  • 5 aspects of leadership
  • (1) Grit- “passion and perseverance over the long haul”
  • unrelenting steely determination over decades
  • “gritty people play hurt”
  • gritty people believe they can overcome any obstacle that comes there way
  • Book: The Little Engine that Could “I think I can. I think I can. I think I can.” & “I thought I could. I thought I could. I thought I could.”
  • Abraham Lincoln, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Do you have grit? <www.willowcreek.com/Survey> for grit assessment
  • Can grit be developed? Yes - “The arch enemy of grit is ease”
  • “Grit development demands difficulty.”
  • Grit grows every time you prove to yourself that you can overcome an obstacle.
  • “Will yourself to task achievement.”
  • Elite leaders know that overcoming physical challenges builds grit.
  • Over-deliver when asked to do something by supervisor
  • When senior leaders demonstrate grit teammates and followers notice and develop more grit in themselves.
  • “Gritty organizations are unstoppable.”
  • (2) Self-Awareness- leaders have things that happened in the past that impact what they do in the present (tethered to something in the past)
  • messes in an organization are often connected to low self-awareness
  • blind spots in leaders - “something someone believes they do well but everyone on the team knows it isn’t true.”
  • most leaders have 3–4 blind spots
  • the danger is that you have no idea the blind spot exists
  • once you know a blind spot you can move it into the weakness category for work
  • the people around you can help you identify them…especially direct supervisor or spouse
  • often requires conversations with co-workers, counselor, or coach
  • “Everybody will win when you grow in self-awareness.”
  • (3) Resourcefullness- ability to learn
  • in the face of difficult problems, people with high learning agility roll up their sleeves and figure out to do
  • the Wright Brothers are an example…they figured it out
  • “Resourceful people figure it out.”
  • Resourcefulness can be developed - need to put yourself in confusing and dysfunctional situations to grow it
  • organizations need resourceful people
  • (4) Self-Sacrificing Love- story of David and his troops (I Samuel 22:2) and the water they got for him (2 Samuel 23:17)
  • “Self-sacrificing love is at the very core of leadership.”
  • I Corinthians 13:8 “Love never fails.”
  • “Love changes people.”
  • Love turns a rag-tag group of people into a family
  • we live in a day where many leaders are narcassistic
  • the senior leader must demonstrate self-sacrificing love
  • organizations perform better when supervisors truly love those they supervise
  • don’t hesitate a moment to show love to teammates…get personal
  • (5) Create a Sense of Meaning- almost everyone understands the “What” and “How” of the organization. Many don’t know the “Why”
  • leaders in tomorrows world must share the why of the organization
  • “What is your white hot why?”
  • Your “why” will fuel you or will need to be changed to something that will fuel you
  • Ephesians 2:8–9
  • the message of what Christ does transformed Bill’s life and became his “white hot why” of “Transformed Lives”
  • find out your “white hot why”…life is too short to live without one

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