My Favorite Quotes from Andy Stanley's "Next Generation Leader" (Part 1)

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I don’t think this is plagiarism – these are all quotes from Andy Stanley’s book that are forming me as a leader right now. Seriously, if you have time to read one book and you are involved in leadership (or want to be) this is one book that you should read – it is blowing my mind.

What is success… in your position?
[what is] your giftedness? Your sweet spot?
…enjoy what you do.

You can’t aim for a target until you have identified it.

Striving for balance forces a leader to invest time and energy in aspects of leadership where he will never succeed. It is not realistic to strive for balance within the sphere of our personal leadership abilities.

…discover your zone and stay there. Then delegate everything else.

You are most valuable where you add the most value – John Maxwell
And once we find it it’s even more vital that we stay there.

The secret of concentration is elimination. – Dr. Howard Hendricks

Devoting a little of yourself to everything means committing a great deal of yourself to nothing.

The primary reason we do too much is that we have never taken the time to discover that portion of what we do that makes the biggest difference.

Misalignment is expensive.

Once you step outside of your zone, don’t attempt to lead.

Where there’s no progress, there’s no growth. If there’s no growth, there’s no life. Environments void of change are eventually void of life.

The leader is the one who has the courage to act on what he sees.

My thoughts: What needs to change in our organization / what needs to change in me?

A leader is someone who has the courage to say publicly what everyone else is whispering privately.

Next generation leaders are those who would rather challenge what needs to change and pay the price than remain silent and die on the inside.

…leadership requires the courage to challenge what is for the sake of what could be.

Leaders provide a mental picture of a preferred future and then ask people to follow them there.

Leaders worth following are always careful. They are careful because they genuinely care for those who have chosen to follow.

Don’t be afraid to embrace a problem you cannot afford to solve.

Opportunity does not equal obligation. – Mike Nappa

Most of us lead busy but undisciplined lives. – Jim Collins

When someone refuses to face reality, we call it denial. We say that person is sick. They refuse to face the facts.
[we tend to] put a positive spin on everything imaginable, while ignoring evidence to the contrary.
And while there is a general awareness that things are not going well, the average church attendee is content to show up once a week, do his time, and pretend that all is fine.
Turning an organization around starts with discovering truth.

My thoughts: Do I want to spend my life “facilitating the dreams of others”? What are my dreams? What could be? What should be?

The goal of leadership is not to eradicate uncertainty, but rather to navigate it.

As you gain clarity, you gain influence.

Two things happen when we pretend. First we close ourselves off from the input of others [isolation/pride]. Second, we expose our insecurity to the people we have asked to follow us. Pretending erodes respect much quicker than an admission of uncertainty. Uncertainty exposes a lack of knowledge. Pretending exposes a lack of character.

Pencil you plans. Write you vision in ink.

I believe providing feedback is the most cost-effective strategy for improving performance and instilling satisfaction. -Ken Blanchard

My thoughts: we need consistent, immediate & honest evaluation, feedback & criticism.

We have a tendency to measure ourselves against the people around us. They become our point of reference. A good coach will evaluate your performance against your potential.
…if we are wise enough to listen, they will help us go further, faster.

Every follower is a volunteer.

5 thoughts on “My Favorite Quotes from Andy Stanley's "Next Generation Leader" (Part 1)

  1. alex

    Fred, the book is one of my favorite period. It’s seriously changing the way I look at my life and ministry…

  2. Lisa Bujanda

    Hey Alex,
    Hey welcome back. Thank you for sharing those excellant quotes. Some food for thought. I will definitely read this book. I like his work.

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