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]
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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