Global Leadership Summit 2011 – Session 7

John Dickson

As is often the case in life, we have heard the message before.  Equally often, however, we need to hear it again.  John’s thoughts and study are not likely to have told us much we hadn’t heard before, but most, if not all, of us as leaders can be tempted down the wrong path on this one.  Here’s a summary of John’s thoughts:

  1. Humility is common sense – no-one is an expert on everything
  2. Humility is beautiful
  3. Humility is generative
  4. Humilty is persuasive
  5. Humility is inspiring
John reminds us of the words of the Apostle Paul in Phillipians (NIV) “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross!”
You can read more about humility in John’s book:
Humilitas: A Lost Key to Life, Love and Leadership

Patrick Lencioni

A fantastic session from Patrick.  Great to see how so much of his material tied in with what John Dickson said in the previous session.  This is all the more amazing when you remember that Patrick was actually a stand in speaker!  Originally, Howard Schultz, the CEO of Starbucks was due to be speaking, but pulled out at the last minute.  Patrick agreed to step in with very little notice.  At the bottom of this post is a video of Bill Hybels explaining the switch.
Titling your message, ‘Getting Naked’, is a pretty good way of grabbing people’s attention.  Patrick then held out attention for the whole of his message as he talked about the necessity of leaders being vulnerable.  He explored why it is that so many of us fear such a level of openness:
  1. Fear of being rejected
  2. Fear of being embarrassed
  3. Fear of feeling inferior
I think that Patrick’s message is challenging for every leader.  How willing are we to ‘get naked’?  Can we be too willing?
To read more on the subject here is Patrick book on the subject along with another of his best-sellers:
Getting Naked: A Business Fable About Shedding the Three Fears That Sabotage Client Loyalty (J-B Lencioni Series) The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable (J-B Lencioni Series)
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