|Richard Sisco (third from left) with his family at GLS16.|
WHY DID I ATTEND
WHY DID I ATTEND
by RICHARD SISCO
I’m not global, I’m not in leadership, and I’m not really a fan of heights - so why did I attend The Global Leadership Summit in 2016?
I attended because I wanted to be moved, I wanted to be inspired, and I wanted to see how others reflect biblical values in their leadership roles and in everyday life. I found exactly what I was looking for.
This guy with attention issues somehow mustered the strength to pay attention for two straight days. With each new speaker, I found myself leaning over to my wife, Amy, and whispering, “They’re my favorite.” I don’t know how the GLS managed to find all of my favorite speakers, but they did; and by the end of the second day, I had taken 18 pages worth of notes.
The first step in preparing to write this article was to review my notes. As I poured over them, trying to decide from what perspective I would be writing, I came to a realization that had not dawned on me originally. As I mentioned earlier, I’m not in leadership. What I now realize is we can all find ourselves in leadership roles, if we just look hard enough at our lives. While many of the points given during the Summit were done so from a business perspective, they are easily applied to the father who leads his family, the individual whose friend is seeking advice and, most importantly, Christians living in a fallen world.
All of the speakers at the Summit had excellent talking points, but Bill Hybels, the senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church, voiced some of the ones that stuck with me the most. The first thing he said that really caught my attention was that followers feed off the passion of their leader. This statement is obviously applicable to business leaders, but think of this sentence as it would apply to a pastor, a Small Group leader or a missionary. The more passion these individuals pour out into their teachings, the more passionate those they teach are going to become. We should all be striving to be passionate in our sharing of the Gospel and that passion will spill over into those we are sharing it with.
Hybels next said leaders have a responsibility to themselves to stay passionate. Since they are constantly pouring their passion out, they must refill their “passion bucket” by surrounding themselves with people and experiences that inspire them. For Christians, this means not only surrounding ourselves with other Christians, but also with the Word of God. How can we be passionately filled with something we don’t consistently experience? I’ve long struggled with regularly reading my Bible, so this is a big one for me.
The third and final point he had that I will mention is that our productivity is maximized by reducing the “transactional noise” in our lives. In a business setting, this can mean reducing the grumblings that exist in an office that can take a toll on morale and performance. For a Christian, this means we should reduce or eliminate the negativity that can so easily surround and distract us. We should strive to avoid gossip and maintain honest and open relationships.
Before attending the GLS, I would have said it was for business leaders. Now I would say it is for anyone that wants to be more effective at whatever it is that they do. We are all leaders; I am a leader and you are a leader. How effective do you want to be? RS
What if you chose to see a bigger world? To realize your value and contribution? To influence culture? What if you held the key to solving bigger-than-life challenges? What if greatness lived in you, and you didn't even know it? How would your leadership change the world? The Global Leadership Summit is Aug. 10-11, 2017. The local host site for Springfield, Mo., is Ridgecrest Baptist Church.