“Everyone wins when a leader gets better,” Bill Hybels. This is the rallying cry at the annual Global Leadership Summit, a two-day telecast event at Chicago’s Willow Creek Campus. Every year, Willow brings in leadership experts, amazing pastors, and trailblazers in leadership development to share their knowledge. It’s a great experience—I’ve gone for more than three years and I’ve always learned so much each time.
Now, immediately following each year’s event, I like to take time to process and identify my Top 3 takeaways from the conference. I thought I’d share them with you in the hope that you can also glean some wisdom from the things I learned.
So here they are: my Top 3 takeaways from the 2015 Global Leadership Summit.
No. 1: Growth in self-awareness requires feedback from others
Do you ever stumble across an odd statement while reading your Bible and think, Are you kidding me?
This happened to me this morning. I was reading the account in Numbers where Moses struck the rock and water came out. This account is actually the second time in Israelite history this event has occurred—and check this out—it happened at the exact same place as before: Meribah, which means “quarreling.”
The first account of getting water from the rock was shortly after the Israelites were delivered from Egypt. But the second account that gave me pause happened a generation later. Same place, same situation, but this time this generation had grown up in the desert and grumbled and complained to Moses about not having water.
This is what they said: