Learning Vicariously Through Others (Dave Gibbons & David Gergen)

I enjoy learning vicariously through others through twitter, blogs, articles, and emails.

Here are some great insights from the Leadership Summit in August at Willow Creek:

Dave Gibbons from Newsong (via Tony Kim’s blog):

“Dave Gibbons, innovative leader and social entrepreneur, shares about the rise of the ‘Third Culture leader. In an era of maximum change, there is a need to develop a new mindset of how to impact the world.

Third culture is the mindset and will to love, learn, and serve in any culture, even in the midst of pain and discomfort.

Loving your neighbor means loving someone not like you.

Third Culture leadership means FOCUSING ON THE FRINGE VS. THE MASSES

Third Culture leadership means we should develop deep collaboration, communal living, and radical sacrifice.

To learn more about Dave Gibbons check out his blog or pick up his book, Monkey and the Fish.”

David Gergen, political consultant (via David Fergusion’s blog):

“David Gergen is the editor-at-large at U.S. News & World Report and political analyst for CNN and PBS.  He has served as a White House adviser to four presidents; Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and Clinton. Gergen has a lifetime of experience in observing and participating in high-capacity leadership.

If you want to go fast, go alone.  If you want to go far, do it with others.

Don’t underestimate symbolism in leadership

The personal habits of leaders do matter. The best leaders are those who have regular habits and self-discipline. Churchill would take a nap in the middle of the day and claimed that he had two days rather than one. Being physically fit is important.  If you allow your bodies to go flabby, you will allow your mind to grow flabby. Building time in your day to reflect is important. Building time in your day to be with the people you love and the people that love you.

Young people today care about social change and are on a spiritual journey.  They are on a search for their spiritual well-being.

One of the great dangers of leadership is that your ego gets so large that you think the rules don’t apply to you.  Faith, family and friends are great anchors that keep you grounded.”

For more from the Leadership Summit on Bill Hybels, Chip and Dan Heath (Made to Stick), and Bono.

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