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GLS18 Session Notes–Craig Groeschel–Becoming a Leader People Love To Follow

GLS 2018When a leader gets better, everyone gets better.

  • Leadership is influence. Everybody has influence.
  • You do not need a title to be a leader, leadership is always about trust and influence.
  • As leaders, we can make excuses or we can make a difference, but we cannot make both.


So how do we become leaders that people love to follow?

Forbes article: Employers and employees were asked the same question, “What do employees need from a boss to become a better leader?”

The bosses said 2 things…

  1. Better at finances
  2. Better at technology

Employees said 2 things…

  1. Leadership: Where are you taking me?
  2. Emotional Intelligence: How are you treating me?

As a leader, there is a big difference between being respected and being popular. You may be popular if you are respected, but you will never be respected if you are only popular.


3 Things You Feel Under a Good Leader

  1. You feel valued
  2. You feel inspired
  3. You feel empowered


3 Ways to Create an Environment Where People Feel Those Things

  • We need a heart to care
    • You will never be a leader that others love to follow if you aren’t a leader who truly loves people.
    • Use these four words often: “I Notice” & “You Matter”

Story of Gold Star Friday. Every Friday, Craig gives members of his team little “gold stars” to let them know they are appreciated.

    • Appreciate people more than you should and then double it.
    • Some leaders will make you think that they are really important.
    • But the best leaders will make you know that you are important.


  • We need a passion to inspire
    • There is a difference between inspiration and motivation. Motivation is pushing people do something they don’t want to do. Inspiration is pulling out of them what is already there.
    • Employees who describe themselves as inspired are twice as productive.
    • Humility inspires. Pride discourages.
    • Follow-through inspires. Be a leader who consistently does what you say you’re going to do.
    • Centred Leaders: The presence of a centred leader inspires. A centred leader is secure, stable, confident, guided by values, driven by purpose and obsessed with vision.
    • Passion transforms a job into a calling. When passion meets inspiration, an obsession is born.


  • We need a willingness to empower
    • The best leaders unleash higher performance through empowerment, not command and control.
    • You can have control, or you can have growth. But you cannot have both.
    • Delegate authority, not tasks. We need to give people ownership. Let your people soar. Give them freedom, and allow them to fail
    • Decision making: As leaders, we need to be delegating more decisions. Use phrases like “I trust you,” “You decide on this one,” “I trust your judgment.
    • The best way to find out if you trust someone is to trust them.
    • If you don’t trust your team, you’re either too controlling or you have the wrong people, either way the problem is yours to solve.


Jesus demonstrates all of these things.

  • Jesus had a heart to care.
  • Jesus had a passion to inspire.
  • Jesus had a willingness to empower.
  • And one more…


  • We need to have courage
    • We need the courage to be real, transparent, vulnerable, humble, integrous and honest.
    • We need to step into the role we are given and lead with passion and integrity.
    • As leaders, we feel pressure to be perfect, strong and right. People aren’t looking for that. People would rather follow someone who is real than someone who is right.
    • We’re going to do the best we can. And when we get it wrong, we’re going to say, “I’m sorry.”
    • The stakes are very high. It’s time for leaders to stand up.


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