My Favorite Quotes from the 2017 Global Leadership Summit

In August, I had the joy of attending the Global Leadership Summit at the host site in Roseburg, Oregon, Redeemer’s Fellowship. It was the first time I had the pleasure of attending the conference and my heart truly was challenged and inspired. Pastor Steve Walker and the amazing staff and volunteer did such a gracious job at welcoming us to their facilities while attending the conference.

During the conference, I was privileged to hear from the world’s greatest voices on leadership. I’m a voracious note-taker and I read through my notes earlier this week, I compiled a list of the most impactful quotes for me, my leadership and my walk with God. I took them down to the best of my ability and so if there is any discrepancy between what was actually said and what I wrote down, the error is on my part. There’s no way I can recreate the experience of being there this week but here are some (143!) quotes from an incredible summit.

They are organized by speaker:


Bill Hybels, Founder and Senior Pastor of Willow Creek Community Church

  1. Everyone wins when a leader gets better.
  2. The stakes of leadership are sky high.
  3. We pledge to listen and obey no matter the cost. ~ opening prayer
  4. Who can I plant a leadership seed in?
  5. We are where we are because someone had a table 18 conversation with us at some point in our conversation.
  6. Get in on the solution side.
  7. Leadership must set the example on how to differ with others without demonizing them.
  8. Leaders must set the example of how to have spirited conversations with drawing blood.
  9. Leaders must not interrupt others who are talking and must not dominate the conversation.
  10. Leaders must set the example of raising their volume levels and refusing to use incendiary or belittling words that guarantee to derail a discussion.
  11. Leaders must set the example of being courteous in word and deed…to everyone at every level.
  12. Leaders must not stereotype.
  13. Leaders must apologize immediately instead of hiding.
  14. Leaders must form their opinions carefully and stay open minded if better information comes along.
  15. Leaders must set the example of showing up when they said they were going to and doing what they said they were going to do.
  16. God has a better story for me than I could ever scripted for myself.
  17. He truly cares about the ending and beginning of the different stories of our life.
  18. With enough humility we, as leaders, can learn from anyone.
  19. You can put your hand in the strong hand of the Father and He can give what you need to lead.
  20. Our world is crying for a better brand of leadership.

Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook and Founder of 

  1. We cannot become what we cannot see.
  2. What we see is what we become.
  3. When you get asked to sit in a rocket ship you don’t ask what seat, you get on the rocket ship.
  4. Hire people with unbelievable skills and hire people that you are going to need one day.
  5. Hire the people that you need to get there is how you get there.
  6. Set ambitious goals.
  7. We try to make heroes of people who try hard and then fall short.
  8. We need to learn from failures, not just sweep it under the rug.
  9. Resilience is not a matter if I have enough or not, it’s a matter how to continue to build it.
  10. Mark every moment of joy.

Marcus Lemonis, businessmen, investor, television personality, philanthropist

  1. I never wanted to break my mother’s heart.
  2. Leadership is about reinventing yourself.
  3. The business of a pastor is sharing.
  4. As leaders, it’s our responsibility to be stewards of our people.
  5. I’m a business owner and I’m blessed to be able to mold people through my business.
  6. Give a fat kid who was molested and attempted suicide twice a chance, even though you don’t know that part of their story.

Fredrik Haren, Author and Speaker on Business Creativity

  1. There is no correlation between creative confidence and actual creativeness.
  2. An idea is when one person takes two formally unknown things and combine them into one thing.
  3. An idea is when a person takes knowledge and information in a new way.
  4. I must do creative things myself as a leader in order to inspire leadership.
  5. We are never closer to God than when we are creative and when we have a really good idea.

Bryan Stevenson, lawyer, social justice activist, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, and clinical professor at New York University School of Law

  1. We need to get proximate to those that we are serving.
  2. Effective leadership means that we are willing to get closer.
  3. In proximity, we begin to understand when and how to lead.
  4. We have to change the narratives that sustain the problems we face.
  5. Without understanding the narratives, we cannot bring any change.
  6. I don’t think we can be effective if we do not stay hopeful.
  7. Hopelessness is the enemy of effective leadership and injustice.
  8. We have to be willing to do uncomfortable things.
  9. In brokenness, we are able to lead.
  10. The opposite of poverty is not wealth. The opposite of poverty is justice.
  11. Effective leadership is proven not how we treat the wealthy and the powerful, it is proven with how we treat the poor and the broken.

Andy Stanley, Senior Pastor of North Point Community Church

  1. Be a student, not a critic.
  2. We naturally resist things that we don’t understand or can’t control.
  3. Keep your eyes and mind wide open.
  4. Closed-minded leaders close minds.
  5. If you shut your eyes and if you shut your minds you will close the minds and eyes of the people around you, including your children.
  6. WOW ideas to life, don’t HOW them to death.
  7. If we had it to do all over again, what would we do all over again?
  8. If you do an autopsy of your successes you will learn how to avoid failures. If you only do autopsies of failures then you may not learn the keys to the successes.
  9. If you have the only hot dog stand in town, you don’t have to have that good of hot dogs.
  10. Our best hope as leaders is to create organizational culture to recognize rather that to resist uniquely better cultures.

Lazlo Bock, businessman, former Senior Vice President of People Operations at Google, Inc.

  1. There’s a gap between what leaders talked about and how they actually lived.
  2. The experience of work should be meaningful.

 Juliet Funt, Chief Executive Office of WhiteSpace at Work

  1. When talented people don’t have time to think, business suffers.
  2. Why does this casualness and complacency exist? 1) We are too busy to be less busy & 2) We are too busy to count the cost of being too busy.
  3. The business cost of being too busy is phenomenally under researched.
  4. My dad never rushed the cooking of a good idea.
  5. The Thieves of Productivity are:
  • Drive: this turns into overdrive
  • Excellence: this turns into perfection
  • Information: this turns into information overload
  • Activity: this turns into frenzy
  1. When you find yourself catching these thieves of excellence, call it out.
  2. WhiteSpace Simplification Questions:
  • Drive: Is there anything I can let go of?
  • Excellence: Where is ‘good enough’, good enough?
  • Information: What do I truly need to know?
  • Activity: What deserves my attention?
  1. When’s the best time to plant a tree? Twenty years ago. The second-best time? Today.

Marcus Buckingham, author, motivational speaker and business consultant

  1. The opposite of bad is not good it’s ‘not bad’.
  2. Excellence has its own patent.
  3. Most of our work is accomplished with informal teams.
  4. Team is not a solo sport.
  5. My patterns move with me.
  6. What if the whole purpose of work is to discover what you love?
  7. God has blessed us with so many gifts and work is one of the avenues where we get to discover what we truly love and then contribute it to society. 

Sam Adeyemi, Senior Pastor of Daystar Christian Centre, teacher, coach

  1. In leadership, you don’t attract who you want, you attract who you are
  2. The goal of leadership is to help people become who they have never been before; the best version of themselves.
  3. God makes champions out of ordinary people and we have been empowered to do the same thing.
  4. Real and sustainable change in people’s lives begin with a change in their sense of identity.
  5. What we believe is what we become.
  6. Changing how people see themselves is where the hard part of leadership is.
  7. Changing people from the inside out makes leadership truly transformational.
  8. Whatever people see and hear consistently over time will enter their hearts and put their lives on autopilot.
  9. Our churches should be leadership production factories.
  10. No one should hang out with you for one year or longer and not experience transformation in their lives.
  11. Be brave to embrace and fulfill the destiny God has for you.

Immaculee Ilibagiza, Rwandan American author, survivor of the Rwanda genocide

  1. I learned the joy of forgiveness.
  2. The weight of forgiveness is weighed down by bitterness and anger.
  3. To know beyond the shadow of doubt that God is real is such a gift.
  4. When we cannot, He can.
  5. Whatever God says is right.
  6. Be thankful for the people you have in your life.
  7. When you’re angry you can be very creative.
  8. Do not forget the children.
  9. Almighty means that even if the enemy finds you they may not be able to touch you.
  10. Love is so much stronger than fear.
  11. He did it for me.
  12. However long your life is, is your gift.
  13. The greatest gift is to hold on to God in every moment of every day.
  14. If I do my part, He will do His.
  15. There is always hope.
  16. We all have someone to forgive.
  17. There is so much freedom in letting go.
  18. I don’t have to compete with evil.

Michael Jr, comedian

  1. Obedience is better than sacrifice.
  2. Everybody has a setup. Your setup is about what you’ve received. Your punchline is what you are called to deliver. If all you have ever known is your setup, you will miss out on impacting others. Life happens when you realize your punchline.
  3. Your setbacks are part of your setup.
  4. Just like a slingshot: the further you have been set back the further you will reach.

Angela Duckworth, psychologist and popular science author

  1. All people are ambitious.
  2. If people had a choice, they would be excellent at what they do.
  3. Grit is passion and perseverance for especially long-term goals. It is the highlight of high-achievers.
  4. Of course, talent counts, but effort counts twice.
  5. Deliberate practice makes you better.
  6. I am no longer able to retain the skills that I no longer practice.
  7. Grit is the predictor of the effortful, not so enjoyment in the moment, to crawl up the skill curve to do what you are doing now better than you ever did before.
  8. To pursue new, more worthwhile goals, we have to let go of over goals.
  9. Grit is something you can build in yourselves and in others.

Gary Haugen, founder, Chief Executive Officer and president of International Justice Mission

  1. There is a force out there that has the power to make you believe that everything you learned can be rendered useless.
  2. There is one thing that stands in the way of what of what we learned and what we will actually do. The one thing is fear.
  3. Think about Jesus and the disciples on the last night before his crucifixion. His last words to them was: do not be afraid. Do not fear.
  4. Fear is the most powerful force that stands in the way of us actual doing what we learned.
  5. Fear is the fundamental challenger for leaders. It’s the silent destroyer of dreams.
  6. Leadership begins with a dream.
  7. Give yourself permission to dream.
  8. The power of lurking fear can render dreams useless.
  9. Every day fear goes to work trying to destroy the dream.
  10. Fear undermines your love and replaces it with a preoccupation with self.
  11. Everyday anxiety leads us to abandon our dreams on a daily basis.
  12. Once you expose the real fear, you can identify what you are up against.
  13. Relentlessly inventory your fears.
  14. Switch from playing defense and start playing offense.
  15. No great dream of love has ever been built on what could go wrong. It’s always been built on the hope of what could go right.
  16. We should not be more impressed by bad men than with good God.
  17. Charge the darkness.
  18. Forge a community of courage.
  19. Courage, like fear, is contagious.
  20. Let us lead without fear.
  21. You have been given everything you need to lead this dream you have been given.
  22. Lead without fear out there to the glory of God and the transformation of this world.

Until next time…Blessings!

~ Pastor Daniel

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