2014 Global Leadership Summit, Patrick Lencioni

The Most Dangerous Mistakes Leaders Make

Lencioni is my favorite speaker of all time at the Summit. I love his books, I love his wit, I love his humility. I don’t know how in the world he spoke after the video and special that was performed by the Special Friends of Willow Creek…but he did.

3 Mistakes

1. Becoming a leader for the wrong reason.
It hurts you and it hurts others. Fame, power, money, achievement aren’t good enough. Some people shouldn’t be leaders because of this reason. If there isn’t any deeper reasons for leadership, they won’t sacrifice and eventually they will quit caring for the people around them.

If the return on investment has been calculated, it’s economics, not leadership.

Real leaders sacrifice themselves for the goals of others even if there is no return of the investment. Isn’t that servant leadership? Is there any other kind of leadership? Tired of focus on servant leadership…it’s the only kind of real leadership.

2. Failing to embrace vulnerability.
It’s impossible to be too vulnerable. Let people see you sweat, they are already know you are sweating. We don’t need brown-nosers or activists. Get ‘buck-naked’ with your people and they will run through walls for you.

As a pastor – you have to be extra-vulnerable because the cost of them not believing you is so much greater than the bottom-line.

3. Making leadership too important.
If your identity gets wrapped up in work, huge loss. Lose your identity as child of God, husband, wife, father, mother. Ask your family – do you think that I think my job is more important than you?

Why would anyone do this? Because the people at your work agree with you and praise you more than your kids do.

Common core to all 3 mistakes? Pride.

Solution? Humility. Jesus invented humility. Therefore, Jesus invented leadership.


3 thoughts on “2014 Global Leadership Summit, Patrick Lencioni

  1. Grant,

    I’ve attended this leadership conference in the past and it’s one of the best I’ve ever been too. On your comments by Patrick Lencioni, I will have to differ with some of his thoughts.

    Coming from the secular world sometimes leadership is tough. I am an executive with a company and the word “servant leadership” is something I embrace. It’s absolutely the right approach to leadership. However, business is business and a return to shareholders is one of our goals. So servant leadership and a return on investment have to co-exist. For Patrick to say, “if it’s economics, it’s not leadership”.

    I have people that would run through the wall for me that I might have to let go tomorrow if it’s for the sake of the companies health. Often times these speakers lose touch of reality because they operate in a zone that doesn’t have fiscal factors.

    I’m hired to get results. I happen to get some fame, power, and money because of it. That doesn’t need to compromise servant leadership. I have never quit caring for the people around me and I never will. It’s just that the company HAS to come first. They pay me, I need to return that pay for performance.

    Who funds the church? I will guarantee that 80% of your money comes from 20% of the congregation. These are business owners, executive leaders, investment bankers, some of the most ruthless people on earth………you would think. If I see the results of my success lead to more people meeting the Lord, I don’t think I’ve lost the heart of servant leadership. It’s a tough balance, one that you as a pastor don’t need to play as much as those in the secular world. You know who pays your salary and bills. It isn’t the 80% of your church. Do you cater to the 20% to insure your church stays financially stable?



    1. Good stuff, Chris. Don’t think he’d disagree with you either.

      In terms of the 80/20 rule – yes it exists. However, I serve in a context where no one on staff knows who gives what.

      We cater – as best as we know how – to our God-given mission. Not perfect by any means. But we try.


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