The best leaders not only lead well but also reflect on their leadership
long enough and thoughtfully enough to articulate the philosophies that
cause them to do so. Whether serving in the marketplace or in ministry,
as executives or rank-and-file employees, as salaried staff or
volunteer servants, good leaders can pinpoint the rationale for their
actions and decisions with the ease of reciting their home address. In
Axiom, author Bill Hybels divulges the God-given convictions that have
dictated his leadership strategy for more than three decades as senior
pastor of Willow Creek Community Church. Oriented toward four key
leadership categories … 1. Vision and strategy (“Promote Shameless
Profitability,” “Take a Flyer”) 2. Teamwork and communication (“Obi-Wan
Kenobi Isn’t for Hire,” “Disagree without Drawing Blood”) 3. Activity
and assessment (“Develop a Mole System,” “Sweat the Small Stuff”) 4.
Personal integrity (“Admit Mistakes, and Your Stock Goes Up,” “Fight for
Your Family”) … Axiom brokers accessible wisdom from one leader’s
journey, as well as emboldens you to nail down the reasons why you lead
like you lead.
Table of Contents Category 1: Vision and Strategy 1. Language Matters 2. Make the Big Ask 3. You’re Always in a Season 4. Explosive Growth Equals Dramatic Meltdowns 5. Vision: Paint the Picture Passionately 6. Bold Move 7. An Owner or a Hireling 8. Hire Tens 9. The Fair Exchange Value 10. The Value of a Good Idea 11. Build a Boiler Fund 12. Take a Flyer 13. Vision Leaks 14. Values Need Heat 15. The Dangers of Incrementalism 16. Six-by-Six Execution 17. Only God 18. Plus-Side/Minus-Side 19. Institutionalize Key Values 20. This Is Church
Category 2: Teamwork and Communication 21. The Three Cs 22. Never Say Someone’s No for Them 23. First Tested 24. DNA Carriers 25. No Eleventh-Hour Surprises, Please 26. How Are You Doing . . . Really? 27. Get the Right People around the Table 28. Know Who’s Driving 29. Speed of the Leader, Speed of the Team 30. Pay Attention to Greetings and Goodbyes 31. Deliver the Bad News First 32. The Tunnel of Chaos 33. Just Say It! 34. Disagree without Drawing Blood 35. Umbrella of Mercy 36. Help Me Understand 37. Leaders Call Fouls 38. Real-Time Coaching 39. Just to Be Clea 40. Give Me an A, B, or C 41. Keep Short Accounts 42. We Got to Do This Together!
Category 3: Activity and Assessment 43. A Blue-Sky Day 44. The Bias toward Action 45. Performance Buys Freedom 46. Sweat the Small Stuff 47. Doable Hard versus Destructive Hard 48. Develop a Mole System 49. Is It Sustainable? 50. Don’t Screw Up 51. SOSs 52. Facts Are Your Friends 53. Find the Critic’s Kernel of Truth 54. Every Soldier Deserves Competent Command 55. Brain Breaks 56. Speed versus Soul 57. Did We Do Any Learning? 58. Create Your Own Finish Lines 59. Let’s Debrief 60. Pay Now, Play Later 61. Are We Still Having Fun? 62. Never Beat the Sheep
Category 4: Personal Integrity 63. Obi-Wan Kenobi Isn’t for Hire 64. What Life Are You Waiting For? 65. Lead with All Diligence 66. To the Core of My Being 67. Always Take the High Road 68. Read All You Can 69. Lead Something 70. Arrive Early or Not at All 71. I’d Never Do This for Money 72. We Need Us All 73. Excellence Honors God and Inspires People 74. Admit Mistakes, and Your Stock Goes Up 75. Fight for Your Family 76. Finish Well