30 Memorable Quotes from the 2012 Global Leadership Summit

By Paul Steinbrueck

Global Leadership Summit 2012Another Global Leadership Summit has come and gone. My head is full and my heart is moved.  I’ve got some processing to do to figure out what specific action steps I’m going to take as a result.  In the mean time, here are 30 memorable quotes from this year’s Summit.  The name of the speaker beside each quote links to the notes from their session.

  1. Everyone wins when a leader gets better. -Bill Hybels
  2. You are the most difficult person you will ever lead. -Bill Hybels
  3. A leaders most valuable asset is not their time but their energy & ability to energize others. -Bill Hybels
  4. God didn’t make you a leader to respond to stuff all day. He made you a leader to move things forward. -Bill Hybels
  5. Savor every day you have the privilege to lead. -Bill Hybels
  6. Every life is worthy and every life is capable of greatness. We have an obligation to make sure that opportunity for greatness is there. -Condoleezza Rice
  7. It doesn’t matter where you came from. It only matters where you’re going. -Condoleezza Rice
  8. Great leaders never accept the world as it was and always work for the world as it should be. -Condoleezza Rice
  9. The x factor of a great leader is humility combined with will. -Jim Collins
  10. “Fire bullets then cannons” (Launch small creative ideas, when one hits then invest more resources.) -Jim Collins
  11. Discipline should amplify creativity rather than stifle it. -Jim Collins
  12. The only mistakes you can learn from are the ones you survive. -Jim Collins
  13. An organization is not truly great if it cannot be great without you. -Jim Collins
  14. What type of legacy do you want to leave? -Marc Kielburger
  15. We can do no great things, but we can do small things with great love. -Mother Teresa
  16. We are the generation that we’ve been waiting for. -Marc Kielburger
  17. We have all won the lottery of life. The question is how we discharge that responsible. -Sheryl WuDunn
  18. If you delegate tasks, you create followers. If you delegate authority, you create leaders. -Craig Groeschel
  19. If you’re not dead, you’re not done. -Craig Groeschel
  20. Respect is earned but honor is given. -Craig Groeschel
  21. Organizational health is the sngle greatest competitive advantage than any organiztaion has. It’s free and is accessible to any leader and yet it remains largely untapped. -Patrick Lencioni
  22. When angry you will make the best speech you will ever regret. -Bill Ury
  23. The best way to destroy an enemy is to make them a friend. -Abraham Lincoln
  24. God is good, so we are full of hope. -Pranitha Timothy
  25. To obey God is better than sacrifice. -Mario Vega
  26. Never give yourself permission to avoid doing what is right. -Mario Vega
  27. Jesus changed how the world thinks about science, medicine, human rights, education & more. -John Ortberg
  28. It’s easy to have faith when everything is going great. The real test of faith is when you’re facing something that only your faith in God will get you through. -Geoffrey Canada
  29. The local church is the hope of the world. -Bill Hybels
  30. It’s one thing to see a vision, it’s another thing to be seized by a vision. -Bill Hybels

It’s not always quotes that have the biggest impact. Often times it’s a new concept or a series of steps which can’t be condensed into a neat little sound bite. But the two quotes from the Summit that impacted me most were #3 – A leaders most valuable asset is not their time but their energy & ability to energize others (Bill Hybels), and #18 If you delegate tasks, you create followers. If you delegate authority, you create leaders (Craig Groeschel).

Which quotes from this year’s Summit impacted you most? Any not on this list?

Source: Live Intentionally

Paul Steinbrueck

Paul Steinbrueck is a husband, father of 3, CEO of OurChurch.Com, elder at CypressMeadows.org. He writes about how to use the Internet to communicate more effectively in ministry on Christian Web Trends, and inspires and teaches people how to achieve their dreams on his blog, LiveIntentionally.org. You can connect with Paul on Twitter @PaulSteinbrueck and LinkedIn.