Ep 076: Leading Through Influence, Michael Todd & Craig Groeschel
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In 2015, Michael Todd and his wife Natalie were entrusted with the leadership of Transformation Church by the founding Pastor. With a vision to reach their community, city and world with the Gospel in a relevant and progressive way, they’ve grown rapidly—After recently purchasing the SpiritBank Event Center, their church serves 5,000 attendees live weekly and more than 120,000 online. In keeping with the church’s aspiration to represent God to the lost and found for transformation in Christ, Todd reaches a multicultural, multiethnic and multigenerational audience. Todd’s influence reaches far beyond the church walls with viral expansion on social media, including several of his talks with over 17 million views on YouTube alone. Todd released his first book in April 2020, Relationship Goals.
Globally recognized as a leader of leaders, Craig Groeschel is the founder and senior pastor of Life.Church, rated the #1 place to work in 2021 for small and mid-size companies by Glassdoor. Known for their missional approach to leveraging the latest technology, Life.Church is the innovative creator of the YouVersion Bible App—downloaded more than a half a billion times worldwide. In 2020, Life.Church provided free tools to thousands of churches who quickly transitioned to a virtual church experience in the wake of the global health pandemic. Traveling the world on behalf of The Global Leadership Summit, Groeschel advocates for building leaders in every sector of society. He is also the host of the top-ranked Craig Groeschel Leadership Podcast. A New York Times best-selling author, his latest book is Lead Like It Matters
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Lori is the Executive Producer at the Global Leadership Network. The GLN is a community committed to learning from each other and using their influence to inspire and equip world-class leadership that ignites transformation. Lori leads a team of content curators and developers, producers and artists as they design and execute the Global Leadership Summit and year-round leadership development events, tools and resources. The GLS reaches more than 400,000 individuals around the globe each year with world-class leadership development. Lori has a passion to create opportunities that help others develop into the best version of themselves and has done that from the beginning of her career in health education at an HMO, the Arthritis Foundation and American Heart Association. She then brought her strategic gifts and event experience to Willow Creek Community Church where she led creative teams to produce weekend services, special events, conferences and church resources. In 2000 she transitioned to the Willow Creek Association (now known as the Global Leadership Network) to lead the Arts Ministry Business Segment and in 2013 became the Executive Producer of the Global Leadership Summit, as well as the year-round resources and events.
- Influence and fame are different. Influence is having the ability to impact people’s opinions and actions. Fame is just being widely known.
- If you have influence, you move people. If you’re famous, you want people to notice your moves.
- People don’t care that you are a young leader if you prove you are trustworthy.
- Build trust by being consistent and stable, having good communication and admitting that you are not perfect.
- Advice to leaders who are leading up:
- Don’t hold back your ideas. Your vision might not be used now but may be used in the future.
- Have a proactive spirit. Don’t be discouraged. Be consistent.
- All of my preparation has come back into my life in my value.
- Be a person who is always prepared to bring energy, excitement and joy to whatever is going on in the room.
- After one of his messages went viral, Mike went from 1,800 YouTube subscribers to 140,000 in one month. His season of faithfulness to put those messages on YouTube, led to a season of fruitfulness.
- Every seed has the ability to produce more inside of us. But it is the intentionality of cultivating that seed that produces the fruit in a different season.
- Enemies of influence:
- Inauthenticity—People want to know that whoever they are supporting is authentic.
- Lack of integrity—Not doing what you say you’re going to do.
- Being tired—I can’t give my best if I don’t feel my best.
- Leaders need to learn how to use technology if they want to remain influential in the future.
- Figure out how to translate the uniqueness of your organization in a technology space.
1. Michael Todd gave a lot of practical advice about how to leverage your influence as a leader. Which of his points is the most relevant to your leadership right now?
[ ] The difference between influence and fame
[ ] Building trust through consistency, communication and humility
[ ] A season of faithfulness leads to a season of fruitfulness
[ ] Enemies of influence: inauthenticity, lack of integrity and being tired
[ ] Translating your uniqueness into a technology space
2. Why did you select your answer above? What specific situation came to mind?
3. Based on this podcast, identify one influence practice you can apply to your leadership this week?
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