Global Leadership Summit 2013 – Session 1 Bill Hybels

Global Leadership Summit 2013 Session 1

Bill Hybels is the founding and senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Ill., with a weekend attendance of twenty thousand. He is also chairman of the board for the Willow Creek Association, a not-for-profit fellowship of over twelve thousand like-minded churches located in forty-five countries.

Hybels is the best-selling author of more than twenty books, including Holy Discontent, Just Walk Across the Room, The Volunteer Revolution, Courageous Leadership, and classics such as Too Busy Not to Pray and Becoming a Contagious Christian.

The Courage Leadership Requires
  • Joshua 1:9 –  Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged,for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
  • Leadership demands non stop, demanding fortitude from day one and until the leaders final day
  • Leadership is not for the faint of heart.

Apartheid is a cause I am fully prepared to fight for every every single day and a cause I am fully prepared to die for. ~ Nelson Mandela

  • Courage correlates to every component of leadership.

Here are some Component’s of Leadership that Correlate to Courage

How Important Courage is to Vision
  • Vision is a picture of the future that creates passion in people.
  • God didn’t make you a leader so that you can protect your position.
  • God made you a leader to move people from HERE to THERE
  • To make people so discontent of the way things are that they want to move there. With God’s help, you can.
  • Every time God puts a vision in your heart your courage will be put to the test.
  • Every vision tests the metal of every leader
  • Guess what a lot of leaders do?  They abort the vision secretly.  They kill it off quietly without telling anyone about it. It’s just too risky.
  • I have a deep-seated conviction that God gives incredible visions to all kinds of people around the world. God has sent millions of visions to people all around the world but those visions have been snuffed out because leaders have snuffed them out in secrecy.
  • We have a decision to make on where to lay the blame. At the feet of a compassionate God who has been sending visions, or at teh feet of many gutless,coward leaders that God would have blessed wildly had they stepped out in courage.
  • I bet, a high percentage of you have a cool vision! So cool that you would drip everything today if you knew it would work. Your pulse increases every time you think of it. You just lack one basic thing. Old fashioned bravery. Courage!
  • The importance of self talk.  Personalize Joshua 1:9. You have to trust that God will help you achieve it.  This is why God made you leaders. It’s not just to sit and stay “here” its to step out and move yourself and people over “there.
  • Vision are holy commodities. Treat them with the utmost respect.  Don’t kill them off, get on your knees and say the Joshua prayer as many times as you need to say it. Get up off your knees and walk toward the launch of that vision.
The Courage to Define Current Reality
  • The leaders job is to define reality.
  • Most leaders lead in an upturn, downturn or status quo leadership scenario.
  • In a downturn, the leaders job is to admit the downturn, declare an emergency, make a plan of action and then take action.
    • Seasoned leaders, in a code red situation, need to be dramatic about the situation.
  • In a status Quo environment
    • the leader needs to convince the organization that status quo is extremely dangerous and that death is likely coming soon.
  • In a “rocking” organization
    • They have to innovate, build reserves and take risks on younger leaders.
  • Here’s the point: The most difficult action for leaders is to admit and evaluate the current reality they are in. Especially if they are in a downturn or in status quo.
  • If you lead long enough, you will experience all three of these situations.
  • Now that you are clear on your reality, declare a code red and lead your organization out of it.
  • Your whole team already knows what reality your organization is in. They are waiting for you work up the courage and admit it to yourself. They want you to lead them out of it.
  • Whatever you are most responsible for leading right now, what is your current reality? Downturn, Status quo, upturn?  As soon as you can, go to your team and then decide on the next action step.
  • It always begins with honest evaluation of your current reality
The Courage To Build a Fantastic Culture
  • Move your staff culture to a healthier place.
  • Hybels delayed bringing in an outside firm to measure staff health for a full year. He admits he was a coward.
  • People join organizations, they leave managers
  • We are just as concerned about building staff culture as we are about building the church.
  • We measure not only what staff accomplish, but how they accomplish it.
  • Prepare yourself for your day to be wrecked when you assess your unhealthy organization.
  • Staff culture will only ever be as healthy as the CEO or senior pastor want them to be!
  • Delegating this to HR or anyone else is the absolute kiss of death.
  • Enormous courage will be required to make significant gains in your cultures health. Starting with brave apologies.
    • Bill has lost count how many “I’m Sorry’s” he has had to say.
  • Only two categories at willow. “Culture Builders” and “Culture Busters”  Culture busters may have jobs, but they wont have jobs at Willow.
  • You simply will not believe how much more productive a healthy teams is vs a toxic one.
  • How healthy is your staff culture? Do you know? If you are not willing to measure, can you at least admit you are being cowardly about it?
  • It all comes back to a healthy, thriving culture.
The Courage To Define The Establishment and Enforcement of Values.
  • the more I use social media, the hungrier I get for old fashion conversation.
  • The Bible refers to this as true community. Knowing and being known.
  • If we are not careful, the larger we grow, there is a greater likelihood people will attend Willow and leave without experiencing meaningful community.
  • Every weekend there are broken and hurting people sitting in our churches and no one is reaching out to them.
  • There is time to transition from casting vision to casting an inviable value.
  • Community is a take it or leave it value for Willow. Some chose to leave.
  • There comes a time that a leader can no longer suggest that something is a great idea. There comes a time a leader needs to throw down the gauntlet and tell the organization there is a new way to behave going forward.
  • The better prayer is, “God, do something in me.” Don;t be praying for those people over there, start praying for God to change you.
  • It takes a whole different kind of courage to say, “Today, is that day. We’re different from this day forward.”
  • This is the difference between courageous and cowardly leaders. To call your organization to an inviable value. A take it or leave it kind of value.
The Courage Required By Leaders To Finish Strong
  • If you lead an organization long enough you will probably need to reinvent your organization more than once and your self more than once.  This takes an incredible amount of courage.
  • If you have any desire to finish strong, you have to summon the courage to start the succession conversation.
  • Leading over the long haul requires ongoing courage.
  • Some of the most rewarding experiences, in a leaders marathon, are reserved for quite late in the race.
  • There is nothing that touches me more deeply than watching God transform a life. All I really want is to be used by God to watch Him transform more human lives and destiny’s.
  • Do not bail on your mission. No matter how tough it gets. Do not quit on God, endure, finish strong. You will be so glad you did!
  • If there was ever a time in human history crying out for courageous leaders. It’s right now! Now is that time.

What was your favorite quote?  Let me know in the comments below.


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  1. Hey Darren,
    You are the man! I sure appreciate that you are blogging the event. Wish i could take part for the next two days, but going to have fun with the family on the Coast. I look forward to your notes! Cheers.

  2. Sophia Van Rooyen says:

    I was at the Cape Town Summit. I like what you said and you may use it as my favorite quote.
    “The more I use social media, the hungrier I get for old fashion conversation”.

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