Category Archives: Organizational Leadership

WCAGLS: Henry Cloud – The Evil, The Foolish, The Wise

Dr. Henry Cloud is a clinical psychologist and leadership consultant. He is the bestselling author and coauthor of over 20 books, including Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life. At the conference, Henry Cloud spoke about the three types of people leaders come in contact with in their organizations and how to deal with them.

Cloud began his session by affirming the Biblical view that as a leader, “wherever you are, God has called you to be a steward for a vision,” (Daniel 2:21, Romans 13:1). As the steward of an organization’s vision, there will be times when it is necessary to correct the actions of employees, but sometimes a leader is at a loss for how exactly to handle particular situations. Cloud described how, while coaching and providing leadership consultation, leaders would begin describing their leadership team and employees, discussing their day-to-day schedules, and inevitably would begin describing a situation where they would begin with, “So, I have ‘This Guy.'” After listening to the various descriptions of “This Guy,” from his many clients, Cloud has classified the types of employees that sometimes confound leadership. Once an employee is classified, leaders will be able to better deal with the person. Continue reading

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WCAGLS: Bill Hybels – Five Critical Questions

The first session of the Willow Creek Association Global Leadership Summit was from Willow Creek Community Church’s Bill Hybels. Hybels’ session discussed five critical questions a leader should ask himself or herself regarding their organizational leadership. This session was an hour and a half. I’ll try to keep this as brief as possible, but there are no guarantees…

The first critical question Hybels asked was: What is your current challenge level at work?

Hybels introduced a test that he uses in his organization, Willow Creek Community Church (WCCC), to assess the challenge level of his staff. Continue reading