Tuesday, May 21, 2013

What We’ve Learned from Other Leaders

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Bill Hybels and Rick Warren (1997)

What qualities does a leader need to have in order to learn from others?

Rick Warren – a teachable spirit.  “God has not called me to be original.  He has called me to be effective.”

“I heard of a guy who said he would be original or nothing and he was both.” [humor]
“Originality is the art of concealing your source.” [humor]

Bill Hybels – “As early as possible it is important to become students of your children.” – in order to know how to influence them to be leaders.

You won’t discover what they are capable of unless you put them in a variety of arenas of opportunity.

Rick Warren – “Let God make them in His image.  Don’t try to make them in your image.”

“God’s kingdom does not equal church programs.”

Speaking of handicapped Sunday School teacher as a child - “Love can overcome any limitation.”

When he went to Seminary he went with a question in mind.  “What will help me build a church?”

“I am a voracious reader.  I try to read a book a day.”

“It is more important to get one good idea out of a book than to have it sitting on your shelf while you feel guilty that you haven’t read it.”

“I don’t try to get everything out of every book.  I try to get something out of it.”

“Everybody is ignorant . . . just on different subjects.” – on being observant.

“It is wiser to learn from the experience of others.  I don’t have time to make all the mistakes myself.  It is a lot less painful as well.”

Bill Hybels -  “Most of us need to think more about how to expand our worlds.”

Admit you don’t know things and invite people who know things about a particular subject to help you get smart.

Rick Warren – Jerry Falwell in sermon on the topic of discouragement said, “You don’t determine a man’s greatness by his talent, his wealth, or his education.  You determine a man’s greatness by what it takes to discourage him.”

Jim Collins said,    As preachers we place sands of truth in people’s minds.  A grain of sand irritates them but let God work on it and it becomes a pearl of truth.

Bill Hybels -  the tenacious mind - a search for information to take you to the next level – developing as a person . . . reading is important to stay ahead of the game.

Rick Warren – mastery – always sharpening your axe.  As you read always be looking for something to help you grow . . .

“It is your job to stimulate your spouse for growth.”

Bill Hybels -  meets regularly with Bill Clinton.  “Bill Clinton listens intently no matter what you are talking about.”

Always be looking for leadership lessons.  You can learn from anybody.

Rick Warren – We have a “three hump camel” in our services.  In any good service you have to have emotional highs and lows.  He asked Steven Spielberg . . . “How do you create emotional highs and lows in your films?”  Spielberg said we use three things:  light, music, color.  Examples:  Dangerous scene – red  Mother cuddling baby – pastel.

The Leadership Summit on Learning From Other Leaders-  DVD1
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