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14 Quotes from the Global Leadership Summit

I attended the Global Leadership Summit a few weeks ago. In its 21st year, the live event was broadcast to more than 250,000 people in 120 countries.


The speakers were very encouraging and provided thought-provoking content about what it means to grow and excel as a leader.

Here are 14 quotes from the summit:

“Leaders need to build a compelling case for the “why” of each person’s job.”
Bill Hybels (Founder and Senior Pastor, Willow Creek Community Church)

“Focus on your area of responsibility, not on your career.”
Jim Collins (Nationally Acclaimed Business Thinker; Author of Good to Great)

“Focus your time and effort on what is going to have the impact. Don’t spend your time on areas that won’t make a difference.”
Ed Catmull (Co-Founder of Pixar Animation Studios, President of Walt Disney Animation Studios)

Photo of Ed Catmull courtesy of Salon.com

“The best way to develop a culture of giving is to keep ‘takers’ off of the bus. If you have ‘takers’ on the bus already, work tactically to encourage them to ‘give’.”
Adam Grant (Professor, Wharton School of Business; Best-selling Author)

“It requires intentionality to assemble teams of people that complement each other’s strengths and weaknesses.”
Sally Crawcheck (Chair, Ellevate Network; Former President, Bank of America’s Global Wealth & Investment Management)

“As leaders you can choose courage or comfort, but you can’t have both.”
Brené Brown (Research Professor University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work; Best-selling Author)

Photo of BrenĂ© Brown courtesy of Ted.com

“The common thinking about leadership is wrong. Don’t leave it all on the field. Don’t live for your resume, live for your eulogy.”
Albert Tate (Founder and Senior Pastor, Fellowship Monrovia in Southern California)

“Service of your customer starts the moment you make contact. The first 10 seconds are essential.”
Horst Schulze (Chairman and CEO, Capella Hotel Group; Founding President and Former COO of Ritz-Carlton Group)

“Whatever challenges we have, wherever we are, they are opportunities to empower people.”
Sam Adeyemi (Founder and Senior Pastor, Daystar Christian Centre in Nigeria)

Photo of Sam Adeyemi courtesy of Pulse.ng

“Longevity (perseverance) is perhaps the greatest strength a leader can have when it comes to accomplishing the task God has given.”
Brian Houston (Founder and Global Senior Pastor, Hillsong Church)

“Our greatest joy comes when we dare to begin again.”
Liz Wiseman (President, The Wiseman Group; Best-selling Author)

“Feedback is difficult to receive. But, some of the most important experiences in life come out of painful experiences.”
Sheila Heen (Founder, Triad Consulting Group; Faculty Harvard Law School)

Photo of Sheila Heen courtesy of Youtube.com

“As your organization grows, your mindset has to change. If you don’t change the way you think, you become the lid to your organization.”
Craig Groeschel (Founder and Senior Pastor, LifeChurch.tv)

“Leadership matters! Everybody wins when leaders get better.”
Bill Hybels (Founder and Senior Pastor, Willow Creek Community Church)

What’s your favorite quote? Click in the Comment box to share. And if you found these quotes helpful, I encourage you to check out next year’s summit, which will be August 11-12, 2016, at a location near you.