imagesThanks to Tim Schraeder for the top 89 quotes from the first day of the Willow Creek Leadership Conference!

Bill Hybels (@BillHybels)

  • Everybody wins when a leader gets better.
  • Leadership demands a non-stop flow of fortitude from day one until the leader’s final day.
  • Vision is the most potent weapon in a leader’s arsenal.
  • Vision is a picture of the future that creates passion in people.
  • There is dignity in giving people choice.
  • Every significant vision that God births in you is going to put your courage to the test.
  • Visions are holy commodities. Treat them with utmost respect.
  • An essential part of leadership is to define reality
  • Be strong & courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for The Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9
  • Leaders must have the courage to build a fantastic culture
  • People join organizations, they leave managers.
  • A staff culture will only ever be as healthy as the CEO or senior pastor wants it to be.
  • Where’s your courage, leaders?”
  • The more I use social media the more hungry I get for true community.
  • There’s a time to cast vision and then there’s a time to cast an inviolable value.
  • If you want to finish strong you need to have the courage to have a conversation about a succession plan.
  • Some of the most rewarding experiences in a leader’s marathon are reserved for quite late in the race.
  • “If there was ever a time in human history that was crying out for courageous leadership, the time is now.

Gen. Colin Powell 

  • We all deserve the right kind of stewardship and caring, we are all children of God.
  • Leadership is getting more out of people that science and management says you can by having a vision.
  • Leaders inspire people to reach beyond themselves.
  • There is no such thing as an unimportant person in an organization
  • Focus your leadership on your followers.
  • You have to give people what they need to get their job done.
  • Leadership is about investing in the people who get the work done.
  • We have missions and goals, but it’s the vision and purpose that matter most.
  • Trust is the glue that holds an organization together and the lubricant that keeps it moving forward.
  • If you want to be a great leader, take care of your troops.
  • A great leader has a vision and a sense of purpose.
  • As we move forward, let’s not leave anybody behind.
  • It’ll look different in the morning.
  • People look to leaders to solve problems.
  • Get mad and then get over it.
  • Adapt to the personality of your subordinates.
  • Leaders are people who solve problems.
  • Promote people based on their potential, not their present performance.
  • Pastors: tell us how our faith & the Bible makes us relevant to the world we are living in and how to apply it.

Patrick Lencioni (@PatrickLencioni)

  • First sign of a miserable job? Anonymity
  • Nobody wants to be anonymous.
  • Good people don’t leave jobs where they are known.
  • When we forget to invest in relationships with people we are throwing money in the fire.
  • We are called to love the people that work for us.
  • Second sign of a miserable job: irrelevance.
  • “If you don’t think your job is valuable, you cannot love your work.
  • Third sign of a miserable job: immeasurement.
  • We lose our power when we give people the ability to measure their performance.
  • We cannot be Christ-like leaders without knowing the people who work with us.
  • Management is ultimately a ministry.

Liz Wiseman (@LizWiseman)

  • We have latent, unused intelligence all around us.
  • Use your intelligence to amplify, to magnify the capability of the people around you.
  • What do you do with the control you have as a leader?
  • Multipliers amplify the talents, intelligence, skills and capabilities of those around them
  • Multipliers are trust gurus. They let the team drive.
  • Working at all of our capability is exhilarating; working at half of our capacity is exhausting.
  • We don’t create followers when we set the pace, we create spectators.
  • What if you addressed people in the form of questions, and let them find the answers?
  • What’s one small thing you could do to become more of a multiplier?

Chris Brown (@_chris_brown)

  • Is it about building your kingdom or His kingdom?
  • As leaders, we might have the title, but whose Kingdom is it?
  • Sometimes in losing our title and our coat we find character.
  • It’s not about greatness, it’s about serving others.”
  • Don’t let the great things of leadership distract you from the God things of leadership
  • We don’t care who teaches the message as long as the message is being taught.
  • An insecure leader holds onto their title; a secure leader will pick up a towel and wash the feet of others.
  • Jesus said out-serve your team and make them better
  • It will cost you a lot to be like Jesus, but it cost Him a whole lot more.

Bob Goff (@BobGoff)

  • If we lead strong, we will lead people towards Jesus.
  • We can get our leadership signals wrong from time to time.”
  • “Let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” – 1 John 3:18
  • Love God. Love People. Do stuff.
  • What did Jesus make you to do?
  • Live a life worthy of the calling YOU’VE received.”
  • Leadership is more than giving people pointers.
  • If we weren’t afraid in leadership, we could live a life worthy of the high calling we’ve received.
  • Too often we are posers. Don’t be afraid. Be you. Live a life worthy of the calling YOU’VE received.
  • See people for who they are BECOMING.
  • If you want to lead strong in your communities say YES!”
  • If you create some margin, Jesus will shove some terrific things in that space.
  • God wants to blow your minds. He took the foolish things of the world to shame the wise so that no one can boast.
  • God’s ability to forgive us is not limited by our ability to get it

Mark Burnett (@MarkBurnettTV)

  • You can have ideas but you have to take action
  • When God calls you, you have to get your ass off the couch and do something.
  • Stop playing defensively and start playing offensively.
  • When I hear the word NO, I just think ‘Next Opportunity.’
  • Choose your companions before you choose your road.
  • Raise up the people in the trenches, they are the ones doing the work.
  • Unresolved emotional conflict will drain your team
  • Hire great people and let them do their job. Manage from a decent arm’s length.
  • Dream big but make responsible decisions.