Geneva's MSOL/Serving Leader Conference with Henry Cloud Recap

Yesterday, I had the privilege of attending Geneva College’s MSOL/Serving Leader Conference. It was an opportunity to spend a day learning from one of my heroes, Henry Cloud. I had the opportunity to meet him and snag a picture! I was pumped!


I’ve posted about the impact Henry Cloud’s work has had on me here. He has played a huge role in my personal growth over the last three years. I would really encourage you to read his books. At the conference, he specifically focused on three of his books, all of which I recommend:

Overall, the conference was fantastic. Here are some of my key takeaways from the conference, I hope they add value to your life:

  • Why do some leaders get results and others don’t? People that get results lead people in a way that their brains can actually follow them!
  • If you have a plan and you’re not doing it, you’re not going to do it! You need people to help keep you accountable to your plan.
  • You can tell how your leadership is doing by looking at the wake that you are leaving behind. The two wakes you are leaving behind are: 1.) Tasks, Mission, Results 2.) Relationships. Both wakes are important.
  • You don’t understand your people or customer until they understand that you understand them!
  • Leaders: Do not invalidate what people are trying to tell you!
  • What system do you have in place to ask people in your organization this question: What is it like to be on the other side of me?
  • The people you work with lie! You need to develop a culture where they can be honest.
  • Start reviews by asking people to review you. Don’t get defensive! It will create space for a conversation.
  • Leaders have to hunger for reality
  • There is no such thing as multi-tasking. You’re always focused on one thing at a time.
  • If everything is important, then nothing is important.
  • Leadership is about being able to handle bigger and bigger problems and still be able to think in the midst of them!
  • Leaders must create a climate and culture where toxic emotions are not tolerated.
  • If you’re not the boss, you can gain leverage by having excellent performance. Being a superstar is the greatest way to gain influence in an organization.
  • As a leader, everything you see in your organization is a result of something you created or allowed.
  • We are powerless over what we can’t control, we are not powerless over what we can control.
  • As leaders, we need to help people control what they can control!
  • Hope spends time, if you hope something or someone is going to workout, there better be subjective evidence that it can happen. If there isn’t, you’re going to waste a lot of time hoping and wishing.

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