Greater Than You


In this reading the author shares three reasons why leaders fail and seven steps to create cultural toughness among leaders.

During the Leadership and Influence Summit, Davis Taylor ( suggested three reasons why leaders fail:

  • Lack of humility
  • Lack of self-awareness
  • Failure to embrace a value-based culture

Bottom line – People want to be encouraged and work towards worthy goals.

Steve Farber ( said the greatest leaders make others greater than themselves. Greatness comes from legacy so take a moment and determine who will be your GTY (greater than yourself) project.

What I found most interesting was regardless of the speaker or his/her respective business, the message of leadership and influence was essentially the same and replicated what is taught through the Lead Like Jesus principles. To me the connection from LLJ to the secular world is an easy one. Consider the comments of Joe Tye (, author of All Hands on Deck. His approach to cultural toughness suggested the following steps:

  1. Begin with a foundation of values.
  2. Articulate a mission that inspires people.
  3. Be authentic.
  4. Eradicate the words ‘not my job’ and replace them with ‘whatever it takes.'
  5. Do not tolerate toxic, emotional negativity.
  6. Practice courage – fear is a reaction; courage is a decision.
  7. Create almost impossible expectations and hold to them.

We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Thessalonians 1:3

Written by Tricia Krohmer 

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