My Top 20 Quotes from the Leadership Summit

[L]ast week Central hosted the Leadership Summit again. It is a great conference with a variety of speakers that challenges your faith, your leadership, and your thinking in general. I’ve now had a few days to process through the fire-hose of content and I wanted to share the top 20 quotes that most stood out to me.

Seth Godin

“If failure is not an option, then neither is success.”

“Too many people are holding onto something while it rots.”

“If it’s worth doing, why aren’t you doing it now?”



Erwin McManus

“We need a revival of great storytelling. Whoever tells the best story shapes culture.”

“Sometimes the truth is lost in a bad story.”

“An ordinary human has never been born. But most of us die as tragically ordinary humans.”


Dr. Henry Cloud

“God has called you to be a steward of a vision.”





Steven Furtick

“One of the reasons we struggle with insecurity is because we are comparing our behind-the-scenes with others highlight reels.”

“The difference between a vision and a daydream is the audacity to act.”

“If your vision isn’t intimidating to you, there’s a good chance that it’s insulting to God.”

John Dickson

“Humility is beautiful – we are more attracted to the great who are humble than to the great who want us to know it.”

“What we don’t know and can’t do far exceeds what we do know and can do.”



 Mama Maggie Gobran

“In silence you leave many and meet the One.”





Patrick Lencioni

“People are hungry for those who will tell them the kind truth.”

“The only thing worse than someone farting in a meeting is someone pretending they didn’t fart in a meeting.”

“Your job is not to look smart. It’s to help your team do more and better.”


Bill Hybels

“If we aren’t careful we can become addicted to the narcotic of success and growth.”

“Nothing rocks forever.”



 Michelle Rhee

“I would much rather deal with anger than apathy.”

“If you pay attention to where the yelling is the loudest then you turn your back on those who need you to lead.”



What ideas from this list most resonate with you? Or, if you were there yourself, what stood out to you the most?

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Jeremy Jernigan

This is the personal blog of Jeremy Jernigan husband, father, executive pastor, and student of truth



about 4 years ago

There were quite a few quotes that stood out - some of them you've mentioned, but there were others for me. "What problems are you not naming - not facing?" - Bill Hybels "Can you name your core on a T-shirt?" - Bill Hybels “Forgiveness is not between you and others, but between you and God – he is holding the account.” - Mama Maggie “Where your internal maturity is not strong enough, employ external structure.” - Henry Cloud "When a leader is approachable, we think for a moment that we can be them and they inspire us." - John Dickson "Be willing to do, what you're asking others to do." - Patrick Lencioni "So why do vulnerable? Because we're serving the most vulnerable guy that ever lived." - Patrick Lencioni "People need to be reminded more than they need to be instructed" - Patrick Lencioni What a great Summit. Every year I say the same thing, but this year I think I it might actually stick - I think this years Summit had the best group of speakers. What a blessing that Patrick got to speak.



about 4 years ago

Those are great, thanks for sharing Peter. I particularly like your quote from Lencioni about vulnerability.



about 4 years ago

Yeah, there were so many, but I have to say a giant highlight of the event was when Bill explained why Howard wasn't going to speak. To take an otherwise negative moment and turn it into nothing but pure class is why Bill is where he is. I encourage everyone who has no idea what I'm talking about, or missed it, or didn't get the whole wording - to follow this link: I like this link, because it gives a transcript of his words which is worth more than the video. There's a section that reads: "Second, what’s further saddening to me is the growing trend, specifically in the United States culture, to throw stones first and ask questions later. We see this in our political system and it’s rapidly making our country ungovernable. Jesus taught and modeled a better way: to treat everybody with respect, to believe the best about others, to seek to understand other we might disagree and if we must disagree then attempt to do so respectfully." Let that sink in. I was reminded of a pastor who was recently the target of cyber stones, and I was glad to hear this from one of our leaders. Not because I felt validated - there is a hint of that - but because I do not always extend respect to those I disagree with. I label people "wrong" with my own throws and (sometimes) take the time to later ask questions. What a humbling moment. I pray I have the wisdom to apply these words in the future and the past damage I've incurred is minimal.


Dave K

about 4 years ago

J, thanks for putting these down, I missed a lot as I was keeping an an eye on lobby and such, hope to hear the DVD's soon. My memory versions of a few I tweeted were during the summit were: Wisdom is not ur IQ its listening to wise advise and make a CHANGE. True elegance is from the inside not what brand u wear. The poor r not just poor of food and cloths but also of dignity & hope. The church is helping but the workers r few and the need is great. We do NOT CHOOSE where we r born or in what good or bad situation. If u r blessed then help those who r not! It could have been reversed.


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