Discovering Life, Learning and Leadership

If you want to be a great leader, you need to pay attention to what other leaders are saying.  Last year, as I do each year, I attended the Willow Creek Association Global Leadership Summit and, in addition to numerous learnings, came away with several instructive and encouraging quotes.

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Here are a dozen great quotes from the 2012 Global Leadership Summit:

“Your energy and the ability to energize others is more valuable than your time.” – Bill Hybels

“Greatness is not a function of circumstance. Greatness, it turns out, is largely a matter of conscious choice, and discipline.” – Jim Collins

“For, in the end, it is impossible to have a great life unless it is a meaningful life. And it is very difficult to have a meaningful life without meaningful work.” – Jim Collins

“With education, it doesn’t matter where you are coming from, it matters where you are going.” – Condoleezza Rice

“Out of struggle very often comes victory.” – Condoleezza Rice

“If you are not dead, you are not done.” – Craig Groesche

“Life is not measured in time. It’s measured in love, contribution and grace.” – Carly Fiorina

“One of the greatest powers in negotiation is the power to not react.” – William Ury

“The younger generation can smell fakes – Authenticity trumps cool.” – Craig Groeschel

“Don’t violate your core values. It is selling your soul.” – Patrick Lencioni

“Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?” – Abraham Lincoln (OK, Lincoln obviously didn’t speak at the summit but was quoted by one of the speakers and I like this quote a lot so here it is)

“God did not make you a leader to respond to things, he made you a leader to move things ahead.” – Bill Hybels

Spread over 2 days, the Global Leadership Summit featured speakers such as nationally acclaimed business thinker and author, Jim Collins, former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, best-selling author Patrick Lencioni, business leaders, pastors, and others, including the Co-Founder of Free the Children and We Day, Marc Kielburger.  Marc was the first Canadian to speak at the summit (it’s about time!) and he shared a challenging and compelling talk entitled “Against Apathy.”

Our group from Creation Technologies, Sonrise Church and including a few friends, totaled 155 people who attended at 14 different locations across Canada and the United States.

In 2012, the Global Leadership Summit reached 160,000 leaders, at dozens of locations in 90 countries and 42 languages.

While the summit is primarily targeted at church leaders, it is open to anyone who wants to attend.  Attendees usually include church and community leaders, university students, academic, government and business leaders.  Some summit topics apply to general leadership concepts, some are focused on church leadership but are adaptable to any leadership context and other topics are focused primarily on church leadership.  Whatever your calling in life, I think you would find the Global Leadership Summit helpful.

If you are interested in learning more about future summits, check out:

I have attended the Global Leadership Summit every year since 2002 and the next one is already on my calendar.  It is a vital part of my annual professional and personal development activities.

Do you like any of the quotes above?  Do you want to get better as a leader?  Have you been to or are you planning on attending the Global Leadership Summit?  I welcome your comments below.

11 Comments to 12 Leadership Quotes you need to know

  1. Nathan Tymos's Gravatar Nathan Tymos
    Mar 7, 2013 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    Love the quote from Jim Collins. “For, in the end, it is impossible to have a great life unless it is a meaningful life. And it is very difficult to have a meaningful life without meaningful work.”

  2. Mar 7, 2013 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    Arthur,
    You really captured the essence of the 2012 Summit with those quotes. (“If you’re not dead, you’re not done!” Love it!)

    Next week we’ll be releasing the full 2013 faculty line up. You won’t be disappointed!

    Thanks for this post. Great way for all of us to get re-charged for 2013!

    • Aug 28, 2014 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

      You can add up this:- Effective leadership is putting first things first. Without initiative, leaders are simply workers in leadership positions.

  3. Mar 7, 2013 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    This is really timely, Arthur. Thank you for sharing all of these nuggets.
    I like them all but in this world of “smoke and mirrors”, the one about authenticity trumping cool is such an important statement. Trust is the basis of all meaningful relationships and leaders need to earn trust not just by speaking the truth but acting that truth. Look forward to seeing more of these insights from you!
    Adrienne Bakker at RCH Foundation

  4. Mohamed Hammami's Gravatar Mohamed Hammami
    Mar 7, 2013 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

    Thank you Arthur for sharing, and I love this one “Greatness is not a function of circumstance. Greatness, it turns out, is largely a matter of conscious choice, and discipline.” – Jim Collins
    How I can participate in the next event ?

  5. Eldon Regua's Gravatar Eldon Regua
    Apr 14, 2013 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    “Good leaders lead, great leaders build other leaders”

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