Bill Hybels – Global Leadership Summit 2013


“The Courage That Leadership Requires”

Deuteronomy 31:7-8, Joshua 1:9


Be Strong and Courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you 

wherever you go.” 

Joshua is doubly warned about fear and encouragement.

Leadership demands a non-stop flow of fortitude


Courage correlates to every facet of leadership.

Vision is the most important tool in a leader’s arsenal.

Make people so discontent with where they are that they are willing to move from ‘Here’ to ‘There’

Every significant vision that God puts in you is going to put your courage to the test.

Many leaders will abort the vision halfway from here to there.

A lot of leaders will secretly destroy a vision that God has given them because they are not sure it will succeed.

Don’t go to your grave with great vision dying inside of you. Don’t die a coward.

Visions are commodities that come from God.


The Courage To Define Your Current Reality

All leaders are leading in either a; a)  an area where things are going down, b) status quo environment, or c) an environment where there is an upturn.

You have to know which you are in to know how to lead.

The hardest thing is to have the courage to figure out which one you are.


The Courage To Create A Fantastic Culture

People join organizations. They leave managers.

Staff cultures will only be as healthy as the CEO/Senior Pastor will want this to be.

Enormous courage is going to be required to make significant gains in your culture

Don’t pay people to bruise and bust our culture.

You will not believe the performance difference in a healthy culture vs a toxic culture. It all comes back to a healthy flourishing culture


Establishment and Enforcement of Values

There’s a time of casting vision and there’s a time of creating an enviable value

There’s a time where a leader has to stop suggesting something and throw down the gauntlet and create a value

It’s no longer a vision. It’s a value.

Something typically has to flip over in the heart of a leader before this happens.

This is the difference between cowardice and courage in leadership

This is a difference between level 4 and level 5 leadership


The Courage Required By Leaders To Finish Strong

If you lead an organization long enough you will have to reinvent the organization and yourself more than once.

Leading over the long haul and finishing strong requires unending courage.

Some of a leaders most rewarding experiences are reserved for the end of the race.


Notes are all quotes from Bill Hybels or my quick summarizing during his talk.


Still Learning,





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