DCL 3.1 Inspiration | The 360 Degree Leader

Outline of Session

  • A leadership compass
  • Self-leadership
  • Leading up
  • Leading laterally
  • Leading down


Conference Session by Bill Hybels

(Try and make space to watch this video in one sitting.)

1.  Personal reflection: Write down one key insight that you will reflect on further.


2.  Bill shared Dee Hock’s suggestion to invest 50{%} of our energies into leading ourselves, 25{%} into leading up, 20{%} into leading laterally, and 5{%} into leading down. Whether you agree with these percentages or not, it is helpful to identify where your energies are currently being spent.

Use the table below to record your thoughts.


Secondly consider your desired percentages and record these in the column provided. Compare the two columns and if there are significant differences between your current reality and your desired allocation of your time and energies, what might you be able to do to bring about change to move toward your desired allocation?


3.  The church will pay when its leaders are not at their best. This is a stark reality that leaders face. The converse is also true, in that when leaders are fully present, then they provide the best they can offer to their church.

Bill provided some very helpful journal questions to aid in self-reflection in considering your own self-leadership. These are listed in this table.


In considering this list, what areas do you feel you may need to improve upon? What actions might you take to develop these?


4.  In relation to leading up Bill gave four particular suggestions to help achieve this effectively.

  • Do your job really well.
  • Establish relationships.
  • Discover your line manager’s style.
  • Influence them.

For each of these, identify something you can do to enhance what you may already be doing in seeking to lead up.


5.  Bill said that the key to leading laterally is servanthood – a consistent joyful spirit that says, “I’m going to make sure the rest of you come out OK in this deal, even if it costs me a little.”

If you are not where you would wish to be in relation to servanthood, then consider ways you could improve.


6.  Because leaders have been entrusted with God’s one true treasure – people – leading down is very important. In a letter to a new staff leader, Bill gave advice on leading down effectively.

Review his points below and circle the one that you’d like to work on.

  • Walk with God, demonstrating a spiritual vitality explainable only by the development of a fully-surrendered heart.
  • Cast a clear, compelling, God-honouring vision to those you lead.
  • Love your inner circle of leaders, treat them like family, and call out the best in them.
  • Face problems head-on.
  • Speak the truth all the time no matter what, refusing to lie to God, others, or yourself, because trust and truth-telling are inseparably linked.
  • Establish values among your team and enforce them, making sure everyone on the team knows what’s worth taking a bullet for.
  • Raise up every emerging leader you can identify, taking leadership development seriously.
  • Keep growing in your own leadership, developing it to the zenith of its potential and never settling for your current leadership level.



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