What Makes a Great Leader?

What Makes a Great Leader?

Last week I attended a “Leadercast” event that what simulcast from Atlanta to all over the world. The theme was “Become a Beyond You Leader“. Here are some of my notes of what makes a great leader.

Become a Beyond You Leader

Andy Stanley


you are smarter than you think
you are smarter than you think

Beyond you leaders are fearlessly and selflessly empowered leaders for leaders around them and as well as those coming along behind.

Every single leader has power.
They leverage their power for the sake of the people around them.
The value of life is always measured by how much of it was given away.
They celebrate generosity and selflessness and envy accumulation.
It has to be beyond you and not about you.

Beyond You Leaders

  1. Make as few decisions as possible
    They have others make the decisions, because they can.
    They tell them: “You decide!” and empower them which leads to the right decision
  2. Work for their team
    “What can I do to help?” “How can I help?”
  3. Empty their cup
    They ask their team: “What can I do to fill their cup?”

If your leadership is not all about you, it will live beyond you.

Dr. Henry Cloud


2 wakes
2 wakes

A boat leaves a wake on 2 sides behind it and so does your leadership. Your boat is your influence. The wake on one side are the results and on the other side your relationships.

  1. You build your influence on trust and your trust to the degree that you connect and know the people you want to build trust with. Ask yourself: “Do your people know that you understand them?”
  2. What is your WHY?
    Do you people know it? Do you know it in your heart? Do you know your passion? This is your WHY. Your WHY gives you meaning. Your influence has to go past you.
  3. As a leader you have to give up control
    Human being are control freaks. Define the control you delegate.
  4. Leaders have strength
    Let your people know that you support them 100%

What you have control of every day leads to results

Archbishop Desmond Tutu


the power to make a leader
the power to make a leader

Live in a beyond You world and live by the Golden Rule.
A person is a person through another person.
You need others to help you become a person. We are made for each other.
Our well-being is contingent on the well-being of our family.
The power to make a leader lies in the hands of the people.

The art of leadership

  1. is to listen → hide nothing
  2. to show interest in all
  3. is to be accountable → leaders lead and guide
  4. is to know when to retire

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Laura Schroff



The best way to find out if you can trust someone is to trust them. ~Ernest Hemingway

An invisible thread connects those who are destined to meet,
regardless of time, place and circumstance.
The thread may stretch or tangle, but it will never break.
~Old Chinese Proverb

Laura Bush



Have principles and ideas and stick to them as a leader.
Calmness is contagious.

Advice to next generation leaders

  1. Treat people with respect
  2. Children are not good at listening, but very good at imitating and this goes for adults also

Malcolm Gladwell


decision making
decision making

A leader has to understand the full obligations of leadership. It matters what you say and how you say it. You must be respectful of people.

Responsibility begins at the top. People don’t obey because of the nature of leadership they are under. Deterrence is not the reason to obey the law or leadership.

Nothing happens unless the leader asks: “How can I help?” This establishes legitimacy.

Legitimate Leadership

  1. is trustworthy
  2. is fair
  3. shows respect

Randall Wallace


your soul when you give
your soul when you give

The secret is the giving in secret. Give so none knows that you gave.

The joy of giving creates the magnificent obsession to give again.


Do you need help with leadership?
Let’s get started, I would love to work with you.