This week is one of my favorites of the year — Leadership Summit week. Counting down to this year’s Summit takes me back to 3 key ideas from last year’s Summit:
1. Bill Hybels — Leaders move people from here to there.
The challenge is we like “here”, and aren’t too sure about “there”. Yet when God calls you to lead people “there”, there you go. The 1st president Bush got hung up on the “vision” thing. So how do you move people? You convince them we can’t stay here any longer. The doctor’s diagnosis, get in shape or else. The reality that a comfortable future is not necessarily God’s preferable future. Go with God is always the best lesson.
2. Jeff Manion — You are living in the land between.
God meets us in the wilderness. There we lean into prayer, His grace, and the growth He brings. We also push back with our whining, our willingness to give up. In the Land between, God is there. Robert Schuller says, “Tough times don’t last tough people do.” Jeff describes in tough times, God is the one who gets me through.
3. Andy Stanley — “Leaders ask: Is this a problem to solve or a tension to be managed?”
Some issues aren’t meant to be solved. Federal deficits are a problem to solve. Reaching out to non-Christians and developing disciples is a tension to manage, even better to leverage. It’s not either/or. It’s both/and. Take breathing, is it better to breathe in or breathe out? It’s both. It’s a tension to manage. You breathe in, you breathe out. You develop greater lung capacity, you develop greater endurance. Learning to leverage the tension creates a place for growth. Of the 3 favorites, this one I have been chewing on all year.
What has God taught you about leadership in the past year?