Global Leadership Summit :: Bill Hybels – Courage

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Bill Hybels is the founding and senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois, and the chairman of the board for Willow Creek Association. He convened The Global Leadership Summit in 1995, following a God-given prompting to help raise and develop the spiritual gift of leadership for the local church.

Both visionary and passionate about seeing every local church reach its full God-given potential, he speaks around the world on strategic issues related to leadership, evangelism, and church growth. An exceptional communicator, he is a best-selling author of more than 20 books, including AxiomHoly DiscontentJust Walk Across the RoomThe Volunteer RevolutionCourageous Leadership, and The Power of a Whisper: Hearing God and Having the Guts to Respond.


Courage in Leadership

  • Everybody wins when leaders get better.
  • We are incurable learners.
  • What makes us unique is that pastors are learning from business people, and business people are learning from pastors.
  • I want to talk to you about the courage that leadership requires.
  • Deuteronomy 31:7-8
  • Joshua 1:9 – Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid. For I am with you.
  • Leadership demands non-stop fortitude.
  • Leadership is not for the faint of heart.
  • The whole world has been reflecting on the courage of Nelson Mandela.
  • He could not and would not stay silent.
  • When he was eventually elected the president of South Africa, he demonstrated the courage required to keep the country from imploding.
  • Ending apartide was a cause he was fully prepared to fight for everyday of his life. And this is a cause for which I am fully prepared to die.
  • Vision is a picture of the future that creates passion in people.
  • God didn’t make you a leader so that you could merely reside in a position, but God made you a leader to move people from here to there. To make people so discontent with the way things are.
  • It looks so easy when I just draw this on a chart. But it is a battle. It requires courage.
  • If we take the teachings of faith seriously, we should step out and take a risk.
  • There’s dignity in choice.
  • Every significant vision that God births in you is going to put your courage to the test.
  • Every leader knows how ugly it would be to move a cause halfway and then not be able to finish the job.
  • What do some leaders do when they get a challenging vision from God? They abort secretly.
  • I believe that God has sent millions of visions to leaders all over the world.
  • No one knows that all of these visions are being aborted though.
  • Should we lay the blame at the feet of a compassionate God, or should we lay the blame at the feet at a large number of gutless leaders who have aborted the vision that God has given them?
  • If you knew your vision would succeed, you would drop everything and pursue it today.
  • But you lack one thing, basic bravery. Old fashioned courage.
  • Be strong and courageous. Do not fear!
  • I have to step out in faith, despite the fact that I’m vibrating with fear and trust God.
  • Visions are holy commodities. They come from our transcendent God. Treat them with utmost respect.
  • Walk in faith toward the launch of that vision.
  • The 2nd component of leadership that correlates to courage – The courage to define current reality.
  • All leaders are always leading either in a situation where things are going down, or in a status quo environment, or in an upturn. Each of these environments requires different leadership components.
  • Seasoned leaders who are leading organizations that are going down, need to notify the team that they’re in a code red.
  • Leaders must convince people that status quo is extremely dangerous for an organization.
  • If you lead long enough you’re going to experience downturn, status quo, and upturn.
  • Third component – The courage to build a fantastic culture.
  • People join organizations, and they leave managers.
  • Whose job is it to drive the improvements you want to see in your staff culture?
  • Staff cultures will only ever be as healthy as the CEO or Senior Pastor wants them to be.
  • Enormous courage is going to be required to make significant gains in your culture’s health.
  • There are only 2 categories: Culture builders and Culture busters.
  • We are no longer going to pay people to bruise and bust our culture.
  • You will not believe how much more productive a flourishing staff is, compared to a toxic staff.
  • How healthy is your staff culture?
  • Fourth component – The establishment and enforcement of values.
  • Social media makes alot of things easier.
  • The more I utilize social media, the hungrier I get for genuine face-to-face interaction. True community.
  • The larger we grow, the greater the likelihood that someone walks into our auditorium looking for a face-to-face interaction.
  • There’s a time to cast vision, and then there’s a time to instill viable value.
  • Leaders need the courage required to finish strong.
  • If you have any desire to finish strong, you have to summon the succession plan.
  • Some of the most rewarding experiences in a leader’s marathon are reserved for quite late in the race.
  • Leaders, do not bail on your mission, no matter how tough it gets.

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