I recently went to a leadership conference for the very first time. I have never been encouraged and inspired as much as I was those two days. I left with a notebook full of plans, one-liners, as well as a reignited heart for leadership.
I was able to hear from some of the most loving and impactful Christian leaders and want to share with you some of my personal highlights.
“Respect everyone always.” – Bill Hybels
Kinda sounds elementary but boy does it have a punch. Immediately when I heard this I thought… “Wait, everyone… and always?” Ohhh I don’t do that all the time. Over the course of the whole conference, this statement had a lot of emphasis. I think the key to being a great leader in our world today is just in caring and loving the people we are leading. You don’t have to be the best speaker or a millionaire to lead. It’s all about love.
“When you’re offered a seat on a rocket, you don’t ask what seat, you just jump on.” – Sheryl Sanberg
I love this one because I think it applies to so many different areas of our lives. For example, When God is at work, I don’t need to be concerned with whether or not I have a big role or how this will affect me. I just need to hop in and enjoy the ride.
“Friends show up for friends… you don’t have to be someone’s best friend from the first grade to show up for them.”- Sheryl Sandberg
If I had to choose one takeaway from this conference, this would be it by far. I have always struggled with loving people like crazy (what God calls us to do) if I am not someone’s bestie. But that line made me realize that I am just making up excuses. I need to be there for people no matter what. Who cares if I only know their name… how do you become close to someone if you aren’t there for them?
I have so much more amazing takeaways that I’m sure will find their way into my future blog posts. But for those of you in a leadership position of any kind,
My challenge to you is to love and love like crazy. You lead out of brokenness and what would you lose from being open and letting people know that their brokenness is welcome?
I love you guys and I pray for you daily! Keep up the great work!
XOXO, The Christian Prepster