This week I had the privilege of attending Catalyst One Day, a one day leadership conference with Andy Stanley and Craig Groeschel focusing on very practical leadership advice. This was my first Catalyst event and I learned a ton! I thought I would share with you three things that stood out the most.
1. What would a great leader do?
When faced with decisions or action, stop and pause to ask yourself what a truly great leader would do in that situation.
- Look beyond the immediate. Particularly what you’re feeling in the moment, and focus on what would truly have the most impact in the long run. And then go do that. Too often we let our immediate worries or concerns, the uncomfortable, keep us from doing the best, right thing.
- Absorb vs. Defend. Great leaders absorb questions and critique by listening, thinking it through, and making application where necessary rather than becoming defensive in the moment.
- This question forces you into the uncomfortable. It causes you to move beyond personality constraints or preference. It will push you into the right thing rather than the easy thing.
2. Play to my strengths.
- I don’t know about you, but my weaknesses seem to be glaringly obvious all of the time. They make me feel, well, weak. I think we all spend a lot of time trying to improve our weaknesses and turn them into strengths. Instead, we need to recognize that our fully exploited strengths are far more influential than our marginally improved weaknesses.
- With that in mind, “I should only do what only I can do”. Let someone else do the things you’re not good at so that you can spend time where you’re most valuable.
- I was also challenged to look at stress differently. Andy said something to the effect of, “stress is often a result of what we’re doing, not how much we’re doing.” I don’t have that fully worked out yet, but I definitely think there’s something there.
3. I decide where entitlement ends.
- Whether you want to admit it or not, we all struggle with entitlement. It will creep into the way that you think and you will like it.
- The people around you will notice your entitled attitude and it will steal your influence. For me, that alone is motivation enough to fight against entitlement and it’s proof that it comes straight from the enemy.
- You have the choice to say no to things that leave you feeling entitled. But we have to actually say no.
Craig and Andy both have great podcasts where you can hear more about these things and their biblical perspective on leadership. I definitely recommend checking them out.
I’ll leave you with a quote from Craig that has impacted me the most.
“You are not who others say you are. You are who I [God] say that you are. You are called, step into the authority of that calling. I will give you everything that you need.”