The 67 Best Quotes from The Global Leadership Summit

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It may be the best roster yet at the Global Leadership Summit! With so many great speakers, we couldn’t keep up as we live-Tweeted and posted to Facebook and Instagram today.

So, we’ve gathered all the powerful things said by today’s speakers in one place for you.

The 67 Best Quotes

Craig Groeschel @craiggroeschel

“One of the biggest myths of leadership is that you have to be in charge to lead.”

“Our world needs strong, bold, consistent, courageous, integrity-infused leaders.”

“A humble leader can learn from anyone.”

“The world is hoping someone will stand up when others back down.”

“Never rob your team members of the blessing of know that you notice and you care. It’s the difference between me-centered and you-centered leadership.”

“The better you become as a leader, the fewer decisions you personally make because you’ve led your team to make decisions.”

“As a leader, make these two phrases part of your vocabulary: ‘I noticed’ and ‘you matter.’”

“A centered leader is guided by values, driven by purpose, and obsessed by mission.”

“Don’t just delegate tasks. If we only delegate tasks, we’re creating followers. But if we delegate authority, we’re creating leaders—people with creativity and innovations.”

“Make the decisions that only you can make. Delegate other decisions deeper into your organizations. Your favorite words should be ‘I trust you’ and ‘you decide.’”

“The best way to find out if you can trust someone is to trust them. Let people start where they are and trust them to succeed.”

“If you don’t trust your team you’re either too controlling or you have the wrong people. Either way the problem is yours to solve.”

“As leaders we can feel so much pressure to be strong and right. But people aren’t looking for that. They’re looking for honesty, vulnerability, and integrity.”

“You don’t have to be somebody else. You don’t have to be perfect, you don’t have to be smart, you don’t have to always get it right. But you do have to be real.”

Angela Ahrendts @AngelaAhrendts

“Instincts help you explore the possibilities instead of protecting the probabilities.”

“Half of inspiring is caring.”

“Culture creates the brand.”

“As leaders, our job is to connect, to communicate, to celebrate what they’re achieving. I don’t ever want to lose my connectivity.”

Juliet Funt @whitespaceatwrk

“Leaders, keep your hands off, and let people try things.”

“Legacy is a story that has yet to be written, but you hold the pen.”

“The Whitespace 50/50 rule: Anything that bothers you at work is 50% your fault until you have asked for what you want.”

“Conformity is when nobody changes until everybody changes so nobody changes.”

T.D. Jakes @BishopJakes

“Learn to believe in crazy stuff. You need a vision that goes beyond your provision.”

“Have a vision that’s bigger than your circumstances.”

“It doesn’t matter where you start; it matters where you finish.”

“Sometimes you can have a great idea in the wrong place. If you are building the idea but not the environment you may be bound to fail.”

“Big things happen out of small places.”

Strive Masiyiwa @StriveMasiyiwa

“I never saw myself as losing anything because I was holding onto the value of the gospel.”

“Innovation comes from curiosity.”

“Your people must believe in you, but they are also willing to challenge you, to remind you where you are going.”

Carla Harris @carlaannharris

“You won’t always have the right idea or best idea, but someone on your team will or will have a relationship with someone who will help you reach your goal.”

“When you make a mistake, celebrate the mistake. Don’t call it a failure.”

“Part of your divine assignment as a leader is to make a decision, even in the face of incomplete data.”

“Every decision you make will either give you a blessing or a lesson. Both are valuable.”

“Innovation is the dominant competitive parameter around all markets.”

“Your job as a leader is to create other leaders.”

“Where God guides, He provides.”

“Fear has no place in your success equation.”

“You have to have a sense of taking risks. It takes courage to be a powerful influential impactful leader.”

“Anytime you’re acting or speaking in a way that’s outside of your authenticity, you’re putting yourself at an intellectual disadvantage.”

“Your authenticity is your distinct competitive advantage. No one can be you the way you can be you.”

“We are all multi-faceted. You must spend some time just with you and understand who you are.”

“If you’re in the leadership seat, and you bring your authentic self, you will motivate and inspire others to bring their authentic selves.”

“Ideas are born from perspectives.”

“When you bring your authentic self to the table, people will trust you, and trust is at the heart of any successful relationship.”

“If all roads lead back to you, your success will be capped.”

“Leadership is a journey from execution to empowerment.”

“The secret to growing your power is to give it away. The more power you give away, the more you’ll get.”

“You must be clear on expectations.”

“Don’t be so afraid of making mistakes that you forget to define success.”

“Celebrate mistakes—if you want your team thinking innovatively, they must know it’s ok to make mistakes.”

Danny Meyer @dhmeyer

“Anyone who thinks there is a straight line between now and 20 years has it all wrong.”

“We must always innovate when it comes to service.”

“It’s completely irrelevant who is right and who is wrong. The only thing that’s relevant is that the customer feels heard.”

“The moment we become a leader, a megaphone is attached to our lips. Everything we do is being watched.”

Danielle Strickland @djstrickland

“How we use our power is the measure of our leadership.”

“Great leaders use their power to empower other people.”

“Start now, and start with you.”

“If you find yourself in a boardroom of people who look, act, and think like you, it’s time to start listening to some other voices.”

John C. Maxwell  @johncmaxwell

“I love leadership.”

“If you are still excited about what you did 5 years ago, you’re not growing.”

“Put yourself in places and with people who will inspire you.”

“Always have a vision gap that requires you to need more more.”

“Ask God to send you the right people. Ask God to do for you what you can’t do yourself.”

“Do something so big that people know you would know that only God could do this.”


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