DCL 1.1 Inspiration | Dangerous Leaders

Outline of Session

  • Defining dangerous
  • The five marks of a dangerous leader
  1. Living in vital union with Jesus
  2. Establishing performance standards
  3. Elevating the performance and attitude of others
  4. Fired up by setbacks
  5. Remaining a threat in years to come
  • Why some cease to be dangerous leaders


Conference Session by Bill Hybels
(Try and make space to watch this video in one sitting.)



1. Personal reflection: Write down the key insight that you can personally take away.


2. Put into your own words: What do you think it means to be a dangerous leader, in a positive sense?


3. Bill highlighted five characteristics of a dangerous leader. These are listed in the table below. Take a moment to review them and then put into your own words what their opposites might be – write these into the column provided.

Now allocate a percentage score to each ‘pairing’ showing to what extent you are ‘marked’ by the positive characteristic of being dangerous and to what extent are you more prone to be characterised by its opposite.


4. When you consider your responses to the above, which mark or characteristic do you believe you may need to focus on in regard to its development in your life as a leader/ potential leader? What practical steps might you take to enable this to happen?


5. Bill mentioned four particular reasons as to why some leaders cease to be dangerous: a) seeking to please the crowd; b) allured by competitiveness; c) pride and d) loss of nerve. For each of these, can you think as to how you might avoid such pitfalls in your leadership? 


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