Vision and the Leadership to Achieve

Convene CEO Summit

In this 48-minute session from the 2012 Convene Summit, Rick Warren shares insight from over 30 years of leadership, calling others to a type of servant leadership that is rooted and grounded in the person and work of Jesus. Rick is founder and pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA and author of Purpose Driven Life.

Rick said, "you can't model servant leadership until you know who you are." Why do you think having a firm grasp of your own identity is important to servant leadership?
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God has given you a particular identity, an income, and influence. Which of these three do you find most difficult to give back to God? Why?
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How have you seen God do things through your identity, influence, or income that you could have never done on your own?
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After Rick's book "Purpose Driven Life" became incomparably successful, he noted that he had a much more difficult time stewarding his influence than he did his newly found affluence. Do you find it more difficult to steward your influence or your affluence for the glory of God and His mission? Explain.
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How are you leveraging the identity, income, and influence God's given you to make an eternal impact?
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Rick gave four principles of servant leadership:
  1. Never stop learning.
    All leaders are learners. The moment you stop learning, you stop leading.
  2. Never compare yourself to others.
    You'll always find someone doing a better job and you'll get discouraged. You'll always find someone doing worse, and you'll get full of pride. Either way you're in trouble.
  3. Pace yourself.
    Rome wasn't built in a day. Concentrate on producing good fruit, not on the amount of fruit you produce.
  4. Don't let criticism get you down.
    If you're a leader, you will be criticized. Often others will flat out lie about you. Know who you are in Christ.

How is your current leadership marked by the principles Rick gave? How might you seek to grow in those principles you are currently deficient?
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Success in leadership never comes because you deserve it. It's always because of the grace of the Lord shown to you. Steward the resources He's given you for His glory and the good of others.

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