My mind and heart were expanded once again at this year’s Global Leadership Summit! Bill Hybels opened the conference with a call to leaders to promote civility in our areas of influence. Here are a few notes I jotted down.
“Christians do not get to chose whom they will respect [1 Peter 2:17].” —Bill Hybels
Bill Hybels’ 10 rules of respect:
- Leaders must set the standard of how to disagree without demonizing the other person.
- Leaders must allow spirited conversations without it getting personal.
- Leaders must not interrupt others who are talking.
- Leaders must limit their volume level and eliminate belittling words.
- Leaders must set the example of being courteous.
- Leaders must never stereotype.
- Leaders must apologize immediately if they are wrong.
- Leaders must form opinions carefully.
- Leaders must set the example of showing up on time and doing what they say they will do.
- Leaders must set rules of respect for the organization and enforce them relentlessly.
Bill Hybels closed with this challenge—“When was the last time I reflected deeply on my own convictions about respecting others?”