Leadercast 2014 Speaker Notes: Beyond You

On Friday, May 9, 2014, people gathered at hundreds of locations across the globe to be part of Leadercast, a conference dedicated to building leaders worth following. The event was hosted and broadcast from The Gwinnett Center in Atlanta, Georgia with 6,000 people in attendance.

Leadercast is designed for people in business, non-profits, churches and more gathered to learn leadership insights from industry experts and thought leaders. The theme of Leadercast 2014 was “Beyond You.” It’s about having the kind of leadership that reaches further than any individual could achieve.

I had the privilege of attending the conference with a group from NewSpring Church. Leadercast created a welcoming environment, hosted by comedian Tripp Crosby, complete with live bands, a DJ who looked like Malcolm Gladwell, a live performance from Five For Fighting, a cupcake bar, bottled orange soda, TOMS Coffee and Chick-fil-A lunch.

Here are my notes from the speakers at Leadercast 2014.

Leadercast 2014 outside

Leadercast 2014 Speakers


Leadership expert, author, pastor of North Point Church
@andystanley / andystanley.com
  • “Beyond you” leaders fearlessly and selflessly empower leaders around them, as well as those coming along behind them.
  • Empower younger leaders who are smarter and hipper than you, who will one day take charge of the organization.
  • Do something even if you don’t benefit directly from it.
  • A “beyond you” leader leverages influence for the sake of people around him.
  • The value of a life is always measured by how much of it was given away.
  • We don’t celebrate accumulation at a funeral. We celebrate generosity and selflessness.
  • You don’t want to live and look back but have no one to celebrate with.
  • Refuse to make decisions other people can make.
  • One of the best ways to build consensus and focus in your organization is to empower others with decisions.
  • As your organizational authority increases, your organizational IQ decreases. You may have authority but no competency. You know less and less because you’re responsible for more and more.
  • Work for your team. What can I do to help?
  • Our responsibility is to empty our cup, not fill someone else’s cup. If you don’t start it now, you won’t start it later. Helping, not hoarding.
  • Find one person and ask, “what are you working on big?”
  • If your leadership isn’t all about you, it will live beyond you. If it is all about you, it won’t live beyond you except you’ll be someone’s bad example.


President of Barna Group, author
@davidkinnaman / barna.org
  • 90% of adults believe there aren’t enough good leaders in the world.
  • Only 1/5 say the leader they’re working for is a good leader.
  • 2/5 rank their boss as bad.
  • 2/3 say they’re likely to leave their job because of their leader.


Clinical psychologist, leadership consultant, author
@drhenrycloud / drcloud.com
  • The wakes (effects) your leadership leaves behind you: results and relationships.
  • People must trust you.
  • Build trust to the degree that people feel like you’re connected to them. Connection builds trust. The human heart wants to be known and understood. Do your people know that you understand them and what you’re trying to do? Do your people know you understand them?
  • To drive your influence past yourself, it’s good to have something past yourself.
  • It’s got to be about more than the work. They need to feel in your heart the big reason you do what you do.
  • Opportunity comes when passion and what you’re good at meet a need.
  • Lots of leaders get good results but kill relationships.
  • Leaders go beyond themselves when they give up control and let their people get results.
  • Give them control and connect them to the result.


Nobel Laureate, human rights activist
@desmondtutuPF / tutu.org
  • Nelson Mandela’s 27 years in jail were crucial for him to evolve from an angry, young person to a man who emerged victoriously, without resentment.
  • Imagine a world in which individual people are considered above national interest.
  • A person is a person through other persons.
  • I need others to help me become a person.
  • We’re made for each other, for interconnectedness, to be dependent one on another.
  • Brutality hurts both the brutalized and the brutalizers.
  • Good leaders listen. They realize they are servants to their people.
  • Good leaders have nothing to hide. They willingly admit their actions to all.
  • Leaders are not there to gain popular support.
  • Good leaders lead because they know the way.
  • Good leaders know when to retire.


Former advertising executive, author
@aninvisibletrd / aninvisiblethread.com
  • Friendship is built on trust.
  • When you give kindness and expect nothing in return, you experience something better
  • We all have an ability to have a profound impact on the lives of people around us. not just the less fortunate, but the people we work with and have in our own backyards.
  • If we’re all students of life, I’d hope we can learn to be a little kinder and more compassionate.
  • Create “beyond you” moments by sharing threads of kindness.
  • Kindness can change lives.


Former First Lady of the United States of America, author
@laurawbush / laurawbush.com
  • Nothing prepares you more than actual experience.
  • A good sense of humor is part of leadership.
  • To be happy in life and beyond life, you have to use the unhappy, unexpected things you didn’t want to happen to you.

Leadercast 2014 inside


Writer at The New Yorker magazine, author
@gladwell / gladwell.com
  • People decide to obey rules or follow leaders based on if people see their leader has legitimate authority.
  • If we feel our leaders will listen, we will submit to authority.
  • We’ll follow a leader if we feel we’re being treated no differently than our neighbor.
  • We’ll follow when the administration of that authority is respectful (consistent, not arbitrary).
  • To be an effective leader, it matters not just what you say, but how you say it.
  • Unless you go about enacting authority with fairness, respect, and trustworthiness, people won’t follow your lead.
  • It matters how you choose to exercise your leadership. 
  • Don’t first ask what’s wrong with those people, but what’s wrong with the leaders.
  • Nothing good happens unless the leader begins the conversation, “What can I do to make this enterprise seem more legitimate?”


Screenwriter, director, producer, songwriter (mastermind behind Braveheart)
@randall_wallace / randallwallacebooks.com
  • The truth will set you free. – Jesus
  • I started Hollywood for Habitat for Humanity to get my hands dirty and my heart clean.
  • There is joy in giving in secret.
  • What happens to your soul when you give, that’s what matters.
  • We are the heroes we’ve been waiting for.


CEO of SAP AG, strategic business executive
@billrmcdermott / sap.com
  • Leaders don’t need talking points or power points.
  • All leaders have one thing in common: they have followers.
  • Treat people with dignity and respect and they give it right back to you.
  • When opportunity knocks, you have to answer the call.
  • Everybody’s so busy asking each other what to do, no one listens what to do.
  • Whatever dreams and goals you have right now, double it.
  • This is a world where purpose matters more than ever before.
  • You want to be part of something that matters, something that makes a difference.
  • Build a strategy for where the world is going, not where the world has been.


Leadership expert, author, featured TED speaker
@simonsinek / leaderseatlast.com
  • Leaders set the tone and environment.
  • In groups we are remarkable. Anyone that did anything remarkable didn’t do it alone.
  • Leaders are the ones willing to sacrifice themselves for their people.
  • We react to the environment we’re in.
  • Leadership means people giving their blood, sweat and tears if they believe their company is looking out for them.
  • Leadership is a risk.
  • Leadership is about courage.
  • Leaders want to see their people grow up, make more for others than they make themselves.
  • Leadership isn’t a rank, it’s a choice.
  • leadership is a daily experience. It’s the practice of putting others before ourselves.
  • We want to come to work ad believe our lives and work have value.
  • The most significant thing is telling the truth.
  • Work-life balance is about feeling safe and home and at work.
  • We must be the leaders we wish we had.


What leadership insights are the most helpful for you?



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