#GLS14 :: Patrick Lencioni – 3 Mistakes Leaders Make

Patrick Lencioni

Pat is the founder of The Table Group and the author of 10 books which have sold over 4 million copies and been translated into more than 25 languages. The Wall Street Journal called him one of the most sought after business speakers in America; he has addressed millions of people at conferences and events around the world over the past 15 years. Pat has written for or been featured in numerous publications including Harvard Business Review, Inc., Fortune, Fast Company, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek.

As CEO, Pat spends his time writing books and articles related to leadership and organizational health, speaking to audiences interested in those topics and consulting to CEOs and their teams.

Prior to founding The Table Group, Pat worked at Bain & Company, Oracle Corporation and Sybase. Pat lives in the Bay Area with his wife and four boys.

3 Mistakes Leaders Make

  • Topic: You’re on your death bed and you’re giving the last leadership lesson.
  • What are the biggest mistakes I see leaders make?
  • The superficial stuff doesn’t matter, but it’s the core stuff that matters.
  • What are the core behaviors that people do that at the most foundational level causes problems for leaders?
  • What are the most dangerous mistakes that leaders make?
  • Mistakes don’t just hurt us as leaders, but it leaves collateral damage for others as well.
  • First and most dangerous mistake leaders make is becoming a leader for the wrong reason.
  • Many of us become leaders for the notoriety, fame, and money.
  • Most people want to be known as the person who changed the world. That’s a very dangerous reason to become a leader.
  • People should want to become a leader because they want to sacrifice themselves for the good of others even when they know there is no ROI.
  • No one should be able to be elected president because they want to be.
  • Leaders should not go into it because it’s going to be good for them.
  • When people enter leadership after they’ve already calculated the ROI, that’s just economics, not leadership.
  • I’m tired of hearing about servant leadership, because I don’t think there is any other kind.
  • If it’s not servant leadership, then it’s just economics.
  • Most people of Jesus’ time thought he was a fool.
  • The only real payoff for leadership is eternal.
  • The second dangerous mistake of leaders is failing to embrace vulnerability.
  • The people that work for leaders see them sweating before the leaders even know it.
  • I don’t think you can be too vulnerable as a leader.
  • People don’t want leaders to be perfect, they want leaders to be human.
  • When you as a leader can be genuinely butt naked with people, then they will walk through walls of fire for you.
  • Pastors are spiritual shepherds of staff and managers. You have to know the context of what you’re doing.
  • 3. Third mistake that leaders make: Making leadership too important.
  • There comes a point when we make leadership too important. Most of the time when we’re thinking about leadership we’re thinking about it at work.
  • Often our identity can get wrapped up in being a leader, which crowds out our identity in Jesus.
  • At the end of our lives we don’t want to say that we hope our employees come around us and tell us how great a manager we were.
  • Do I think that my success as a leader is going to come down to me doing well? Your success as a leader is being completely docile to the will of God.

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