Sunday, October 18, 2009

Catalyst Speaker: Malcolm Gladwell

First of all, let me just go ahead and say it. Malcolm Gladwell is a genius. You should immediately go out and buy all his books and start reading them now.

Or you could just read his blog.

At Catalyst, he talked about leadership, mostly from the standpoint of the Civil War, and the main point he brought out was this:

What we need from our leaders in times of crises is not bold and daring leadership. It is humility.

Overconfidence is marked by not listening to others, while humility does.

The rub here is who the "others" are to whom a good leader should listen. Discernment certainly has a top priority in this; spiritual discernment of who those "others" are can make or break a leader.

Who do you listen to?

3 comments:

John said...

The rub here is who the "others" are to whom a good leader should listen. Discernment certainly has a top priority in this; spiritual discernment of who those "others" are can make or break a leader.


Especially among those who consider bitching to be a spiritual gift.

I haven't read Gladwell, but I've meant to for a long time.

The Thief said...

Very well said, John, and right on the money.

Rudy said...

What I wanted to shout from my seat at the conference is "THANK YOU FOR BEING A GENIUS!" Furthermore, taking his principles and applying it to parenthood, discipleship, and friendship can be revolutionary.