How Can A Leader Build Authentic Relationships?

At The Global Leadership Summit 2013, Henry Cloud answered questions backstage that were asked by the Summit audience through twitter. Someone asked: How can a leader build authentic relationships in a complicated and competitive work environment?

Watch to hear Henry’s answer.

Do you have any questions for the 2014 Summit faculty? Send us your questions through Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram using the hashtag #GLS14Q for the chance to have one of the Summit faculty answer it at Summit 2014.

A Mid-Year Taste of the Summit

On Wednesday March 19th, Joseph Grenny launched The Global Leadership Summit 2014 season with a mid year injection of leadership wisdom.  Grenny spent time talking through disproportional influence and how to understand it from a leadership perspective.

Watch and learn from 2014 Summit Faculty, Joseph Grenny.

The Super Early Bird Deadline on May 20 is right around the corner. Learn more and register with best rates!

Tyler Perry’s Path from a Tough Childhood to Hollywood Success

Born into poverty and raised in a household scarred by abuse, Tyler fought from a young age to find the strength, faith and perseverance that would later form foundations of his work. Watch Tyler talk about who he was statistically likely to have become and how he was able to defy those odds to live a successful life.

Watch his 60 Minutes interview here.

Recipient of the 2004 Black Business Professionals’ Entrepreneur of the Year award, he leads a massively successful entertainment empire, employing 350 people from his 30-acre Atlanta studio, with five sound stages and a post-production facility. As a part of his inspiring body of work, including the now-legendary Madea franchise, Tyler has produced, written, and directed a dozen stage plays, five TV series, and 15+ feature films—staring in several of these projects, as well as recently completing a part in David Fincher’s next film, Gone Girl.

Perry hasn’t forgotten about those who helped him along the way, and is intimately involved in supporting charities focused on civil rights, homelessness, and rebuilding the lives of disaster survivors in New Orleans and Haiti.

Tyler Perry will be one of our speakers at The Global Leadership Summit 2014. Learn more and register today.

Setting the Stage: Behind the Scenes of a Summit Video Shoot

Post by Jesse Oxford

IMG_7011As filmmaker, I regularly lead teams of people who tackle complex problems behind the scenes in order to tell beautiful stories. When managed well, the climate of a film set is controlled clockwork. When mismanaged, tensions rise – problems multiply – and in the end the atmosphere behind-the-scenes seeps into the picture itself.

This is always a risk. In every single production. Even ones I direct for the Leadership Summit.

Each year that my team is trusted to produce the Summit Promo video, we like to challenge ourselves. This year was no different.

Our plan: Build an art-installation sculpture out of 178 unique polygons. This sculpture would serve as a digital projection background for the promo campaign.

To paint a picture of some of the complexity without getting overly technical: We, first, needed to design a 3D digital model of the sculpture. After perfecting the design digitally we built the 13’ high by 28’ wide physical structure in a studio over 5 days. Then using a complicated projection system called “Pandora’s Box” (I’m not even kidding) we were able to shine animations onto the structure that perfectly matched the contours of the physical object. Basically it allows you to do things like project an image of a car – onto a car shaped object, and it will look like its really driving.

It had all the hallmarks of a disastrous relationship between technicians and artists with competing visions and too little time.

But it didn’t end in disaster. In fact, things went oddly without disruption. Why?

I would say it had something to do with the leadership skills our team has learned from the Summit. Of course he would say that, you’re thinking. Yes – but it’s true. For the last decade, we’ve attended the Summit nearly every year and the skills we’ve gained from the leaders we’ve heard speak have influenced our work in tangible ways.

Thats why I love being part of the Summit community so much. Its not just for pastors or church workers, but for leaders of creative teams like myself who want to use their gifts on behalf of the Kingdom of God in this world.

No matter what project I find myself working on, I can always count on problems to arise. But there is seldom a time when I don’t draw on something I heard at the Summit that is helpful in charting a course forward.

247014_10151622031255491_346853131_nJesse Oxford is Creative Director / Principal at J. Oxford Studios a Chicago-based Creative Agency dedicated exclusively to partnering with organizations that are working to do GOOD.

Leaders Stirred to Create Change


Chinese GLS in Canada

The very first Canadian Chinese GLS, hosting 150 leaders, was held recently. With high engagement and energy at this first-time GLS, these Christian leaders experienced leadership development training in their own language.

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The GLS in Pakistan

Since the GLS has been in Pakistan, Christian leaders have been stirred to start initiatives and develop new ideas to create change in their communities. Here is a glimpse at some of those stories:

“I had an encounter with God at the GLS in Pakistan. He whispered and pulled me out of my comfort zone and routine life. I am so filled with compassion for the women and the girls in my area who are in desperate need of literacy. Filled with the passion of
Jesus, I started an adult literacy program for women seeking education. By the grace of God, there are 38 ladies in the class. The GLS is more than just an event, it has
become a movement in Pakistan!”—Principal at a girls’ college, Pakistan

“I was so inspired by the teaching I received at the GLS that I wanted to do something. I recall memories of my experience and conversation about promoting unity among the body of Christ. As I looked around at the need in the community, which I had never done before, a thought came to mind—there were two churches in my area that didn’t have a proper place to worship and pray. God opened my heart to open up my church to other denominations so they could use our facility—free of cost. This year, I attended the GLS with my pastor friends, and we are inspired to go out in unity with a clear vision to win the souls of this city.”—A pastor in Pakistan

“I live on the outskirts of the city, on a rocky mountain, near a dangerous, sensitive, and ridged community in Pakistan. It was hard for me and my team to get to the Summit, and we traveled two days to get there. During the GLS, God opened my mind and heart to see and experience things with clarity. I feel like a dark blanket has been lifted from my mind. Now I clearly understand what God wants from my life. I am now able to share all about it with clarity to other pastors in my area. I couldn’t do it before. Now I am truly experiencing the power of clarity.”—A pastor in Pakistan

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How Do Young People Become Influencers?

At The Global Leadership Summit 2013, our team asked people to send in any questions they had for the Summit speakers. We had a great response as questions rolled in through Twitter. Now its time to reveal the answers…and they are worth watching.

Watch and learn from Joseph Grenny as he answers the questions: How do young people become influencers?

Do you have any questions for the 2014 Summit faculty? Send us your questions through Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram using the hashtag #GLS14Q for the chance to have one of the Summit faculty answer it at Summit 2014.

The MLS: A New Kind of Summit

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The annual Global Leadership Summit has sparked year-round leadership 
development initiatives around the world. In Namibia, three local organizations have come together around the dream to do more to empower leaders, especially young leaders in their country. In 2013, these three organizations partnered to start what they call “MLS”—Mini Leadership Summits, and focus their leadership development efforts on local youth sports teams. Popular topics of discussion include mentoring, coaching, leveraging your past, and self-leadership. They kicked off the program at the end of 2013, and have so far have hosted 640 students, teachers, and coaches at five events.

One of the aims of the MLS program is to help students and teachers grow in their 
leadership skills, especially in the area of self-leadership. It is sometimes wrongly 
perceived that only a few people will be leaders, while the truth is that every single person must lead at least one person: themselves.

“There is a person with whom you spend more time than any other, a person who has more influence over you, and more ability to interfere with or to support your growth than anyone else. This ever-present companion is your own self. Our greatest potential source of leadership and influence comes not from an external leader, but from within ourselves!” -Dr Pamela Butler, Clinical Psychologist

“We believe that we can change the attitudes and skills of attendees through this program and we look forward to seeing the results in the next generation of 
leaders in our beautiful country.” —Namibian “MLS” Leader

16 Things I Believe from Susan Cain

Are you an introvert in an extroverted world?

Inspired by her book “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking,” Susan Cain teaches leaders 16 things she believes about introverts.

“A Manifesto For Introverts”

  1. There’s a word for “people who are in their heads too much”: thinkers.
  2. Our culture rightly admires risk-takers, but we need our “heed-takers” more than ever.
  3. Solitude is a catalyst for innovation.
  4. Texting is popular because in an overly extroverted society, everyone craves asynchronous, non-F2F communication.
  5. We teach kids in group classrooms not because this is the best way to learn but because it’s cost efficient, and what else would we do with children while all grown-ups are at work? If your child prefers work autonomously and socialize one-on-one, there’s nothing wrong with her; she just happens to fit the model.
  6. The next generation of quiet kids can and should be raised to know their own strength.
  7. Sometimes it helps to be a pretend-extrovert. There’s always a time to be quiet later.
  8. But in the long run, staying true to your temperament is the key to finding work you love and work that matters.
  9. Everyone shines, given the right lighting. For some it’s a Broadway spotlight, for others, a lamplit desk.
  10. Rule of thumb for networking events: one genuine new relationship is worth a fistful of business cards.
  11.  It’s OK to cross the street to avoid making small talk.
  12.  “Quiet leadership” is not an oxymoron.
  13. The universal longing for heaven is not about immorality so much as the wish for a world in which everyone is always kind.
  14. If the task of the first half of life is to put yourself out there, the task of the second half is to make sense of where you’ve been.
  15. Love is essential, gregariousness is optional.
  16. “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” -Ghandi

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2014_Faculty_Susan_CainSusan Cain is a best-selling author and viral TED speakers on The Power of Introverts. Susan will be speaking at The Global Leadership Summit 2014. Learn more about her HERE.

3 Ways to Lead Through Easter

Post by Tommy Bowman

1. Prepare For Attacks

Our enemy wants nothing more than to stop you, your team and your church in your tracks during this week. He wants to leave you drained, confused and doubtful. Why waste the time being surprised? Why waste energy being blindsided? Instead, be ready and stand firm. We serve a mighty warrior and a strong deliverer. Prepare for these attacks. (Also, read this letter to church leaders from Mark Driscoll to your team.)

2. Take A Risk

The church invite has received a bad rap the past decade. And while I value relational intelligence, there is no greater season to take a relational risk and give out an old fashioned church invite to a friend. At Mission, we call this week #RiskWeek. Maybe it’s at your Starbucks or favorite breakfast spot. Perhaps it’s just a walk across the street. Take a risk.

3. Plan For Rest

The temptation will be to report back to the office and ride the wave of momentum from Easter. And I’m telling you that you will be fried. You need a sabbath day of rest. You need a day to rest the parts of you that you are called to love God with; our heart, soul, mind and strength. Too often we miss our moments of reflection which lead us to acknowledge the presence of God in our lives. Our intimacy with God, as leaders, cannot afford to miss these moments. Plan for rest.

tommy_bowman1Tommy  is the Directional Leader at Mission Church in the suburbs of Chicago. Tommy’s passion is to take proven leadership values and principles from the business world and implement them into the world of church and church teams. Connect and learn more about Tommy at or @tommybowman.


Compassion Costs Us

Excerpt from Amazing Faith by Wilfredo De Jesús

Compassion is good, right, and noble. We have to realize, though, that caring for people always has a price tag. Stopping to mend broken hearts and shattered lives requires an investment of time and other re- sources. Many individuals and churches don’t want to pour themselves into people who are “unclean” and take so long to see substantial progress, even when they respond to the gospel. People today want instant success, and ministries of compassion rarely meet this standard.

There’s another risk when we step into the lives of the down-and- out: potential damage to our reputations. I’ve been criticized by leaders of some churches who believed we’d “lost our calling” by giving so much attention to prostitutes, addicts, single moms, and other disenfranchised people.

The Christian faith isn’t about getting; it’s about giving. Far too many Christians don’t understand this basic principle of spiritual life, so they have empty, impoverished hearts. Jesus told His disciples (including us),

“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?” (Matthew 16:24-26)

We gain by giving, we rise by bowing to serve, and we’re filled by pouring ourselves out to God and others. This isn’t a new concept. The paradox has been central to the faith since time began, and we have a supreme example. Saint Augustine captured the paradoxical wonder of Christ when he wrote:

“Man’s maker was made man that He, Ruler of the stars, might nurse at His mother’s breast; that the Bread might hunger, the Fountain thirst, the Light sleep, the Way be tired on his journey; that the Truth might be accused of false witness, the Teacher be beaten with whips, the Foundation be suspended on wood; that Strength might grow weak; that the Healer might be wounded; that Life might die.”

Christians talk about “becoming like Christ.” Augustine captured what the phrase really means. True transformation happens when powerful people become humble and timid people become bold.

It’s not enough to have a hit-and-run message of grace to people who are deeply hurt and have lost hope. We need staying power. We have to hang in there with a prodigal child, a friend who is an addict, someone who is chronically sick, or anyone else who requires extra grace.

2014_Faculty_Wilfredo_De_JesusWilfredo De Jesús is one of the 2014 Faculty for The Global Leadership Summit. He is the Senior Pastor of New Life Covenant Church in Chicago, Illinois and was recognized as TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in 2013. Learn more about Wilfredo HERE.