GLS Day One – Bill Hybels Session Notes

GLS Day One – Bill Hybels Session Notes


Each year I attend The Global Leadership Summit from the satellite location at my home church in Lafayette, IN.  This year, I’ve been invited to be a part of the social media/live-blogging team to share my notes from this year’s Summit.  So, tune in for the next 2 days and catch the notes from each of the speakers.

It’s my hope that these notes will not only add value to you as a leader, but also give you some practical ideas to share the notes with your team.  Also, I’ll have some extras for you, so you’ll want to check back often and see what’s happening!  Lastly, head over to my Facebook page to join in on the conversation and let’s share our favorite quotes and take-aways there!

The Global Leadership Summit is a two-day event telecast LIVE in HD from Willow’s campus near Chicago every August to hundreds of locations in North America. You are invited to join an expected 305,000 people committed to getting better as leaders in 2016. Throughout the fall, Summit events take place at an additional 675+ sites in 125 countries and 59 languages.


Bill Hybels

Founder and Senior Pastor, Willow Creek Community Church

Bill Hybels is senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church, a church of more than 25,000 that celebrated its 40th year in 2015. He founded The Global Leadership Summit with a commitment to develop and mentor leaders worldwide, now impacting leaders in 125 countries. Hybels is the best-selling author of more than 20 books and his new video curriculum, Leading From Here to There: 5 Essential Skills is releasing in August 2016.

  • Our world is calling out for a better brand of leadership.
  • Our world is wondering if there are any leaders that will put others interest ahead of their own.
  • The highest value here at the Summit is humility.
  • Leaders can learn from anyone.
  • Today I want to talk to you about the four distinct lenses of leadership.
  • The definition of leadership is to take people from “here” to “there.”
  • Leadership is not presiding over something, it’s moving people to a preferred future.
  • For people to go from here to there, they must feed off of the passion of the leader.
  • Motivated workers will outwork an unmotivated worker by 40%.
  • What matters most to team members is to work for and around a passion-filled leader.
  • Passion comes from a grand vision or a deep frustration.
  • How filled is your passion bucket?
  • No one on your team cares where your passion comes from, they just want to feel the heat from the heart of the leader.
  • Who’s job is it to fill the leader’s passion bucket?
  • It’s your job to fire yourself up and it’s mine job to fill myself up.
  • How does a leader keep his/her passion bucket filled?
  • Everyone around you wins when you lead with passion.
  • I came into organizational leadership with “shattered lenses” as it relates to the people side of leadership.
  • Even if you start with shattered lenses, you can build a beautiful culture.
  • An organization will only ever be as healthy as the top leader wants it to be.
  • Hire a reputable firm to measure the health of your culture and then work on whatever the survey results say you need to work on most.
  • You can make far more progress in far less time than you think.
  • Religion is all of the things that people DO to try and please a God that they think they’ve somehow disappointed…and it doesn’t work.
  • Christianity is better spelled DONE.  What Jesus Christ did on the cross is the only thing that will clean up your past.
  • What this world really needs is more “pastors” of businesses.
  • “Transactional noise” is the rumble you hear from the staff when they’re disgruntled about something.
  • “Talent observation” is exposing yourself to others in the organization outside of those that directly report to you.
  • Get in the room so you can identify who the next rising stars will be.
  • Speed of the leader = speed of the team.
  • Staff members want to know exactly what the goals are and they really want to know if we’re proud of their progress.
  • You must be constantly adjusting your goals.
  • We’ve instituted a new evaluation/performance system called “thrive” where we evaluate what’s working and what’s not and we rank ministries either thriving, healthy, or underperforming (losing ground).
  • Every single worker that you employ really wants to know how they’re doing.
  • It is cruel and unusual punishment to employ a person and not tell them how they’re doing.
  • James 1:5 is a scripture that I use to help with goal setting often.
  • The legacy lens is the idea of what people will remember of you when you’re gone.
  • What kind of legacy will you leave?
  • Fundamentality, leadership isn’t about time…it’s about energy.
  • Where are you putting your energy?
  • There aren’t do overs – but there are make overs.
  • If your leadership journey came to an end today, are you good with how you’d be remembered?
  • The thing about the leadership drug is that it’s tempting to keep popping that drug and ride the high for as long as you can.
  • God never intended for our vocations to drown out the other areas of our lives.
  • God’s idea is that we would flourish in all areas of our lives.
  • Legacies can change in an instant…even yours.
  • Leadership matters.  And the older I get, I realize that it matters disproportionately.
  • So, we all need to get better – every single one of us.

Well, those are my notes from the first session.  What stood out to you most?  Head over to my Facebook page and leave a comment there.  Also, since you made it to the end of the post, how about a free download?  Grab Bill Hybels’ ebook called 6 by 6 Strategy for Leadership here for FREE!

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