12 Highlights from the #GLS2020 Summit

Each year for the past ten years I’ve attended the Global Leadership Summit. It’s a powerful assembly of some of the best leadership minds from corporate, nonprofit and religious organizations from around the world. This year’s experience was online with over 400,000 people “attending” from 120 countries translated in over 60 languages. What follows are the “baker’s dozen” thoughts that have stayed with me from the summit.

Which of these are most relevant for you to internalize right now?

  1. Tragedy and opportunity almost always co-exist. What looks like a major problem or catastrophe at the moment will have a silver lining when you look for it.
  2. The severity of a problem will be greatly diminished based on the time between when the problem is spotted and when someone speaks up about it. This speaks to importance of creating a culture of safety in the home or workplace.
  3. “Our life begins to end the moment we say nothing about things that matter.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
  4. Anticipate fear when attempting something worthwhile. Your self-talk, often disguised as concern or wisdom, is often your saboteur’s voice trying to keep you from taking risks.
  5. Continue to lead even though you may never see the fruits of your efforts. It’s never too late to take the first step in the right direction, even if the goal is beyond the horizon.
  6. “Everyone has a truth, but that doesn’t mean that their truth is the truth.” – Bishop T. D. Jakes
  7. I cannot understand what I have not experienced. This speaks to why our society is seemingly so polarized. We’re content, unfortunately, to stay in our comfort zone and only consume media and hang out with friends that align with our world-view. Regrettably, that doesn’t make us wiser, or more loving, or more well-rounded.
  8. It’s impossible to flip over a table of injustice when you’re comfortably seated at it. – Rev. Albert Tate
  9. Humility inspires and multiplies leadership potential – Arrogance destroys leadership potential.
  10. What you feed thrives, and what you starve dies.
  11. My passivity about injustice or racism allows it to continue. So is my passivity just indifference…or am I really contributing to the injustice by my very inaction?
  12. If I really want to grow and mature, I should ask my family or colleagues, “Tell me one thing about myself that you know I probably don’t want to hear.”
  13. The world will not allow me to remain isolated. It’s changing, becoming more inter-connected, diverse, multi-ethnic, multi-religious, multi-views on family and sexuality and politics, etc., etc., etc. So, what must I do to understand and love my neighbor?

What’s the message for you in these comments, Tender Lions?

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Many of these blog entries are edited excerpts from Tender Lions: Building the Vital Relationship Between Father and Son

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