The leadership model is shifting. We are in a transition between what I call Leadership 1.0 and Leadership 2.0. These represent two paradigms or even styles of leading and fall out largely along generational lines.
Baby Boomers represent Leadership 1.0 with it’s hierarchical, top-down pyramid where the bottom line is the bottom line. Millennials present Leadership 2.0 with its relational, flat-world perspective that values transparency, authenticity, and shared outcomes.
The truth is that neither of these models is right all the time. They both have something to offer the other. The real question comes down to this: how do you pass the torch of influence from one generation to the next?
The Spur Leadership Conference was developed to answer this question. It is built on the principle that all real leadership—regardless of the generational differences—radiates out of the intersection of community and accountability.
This principle is rooted in Hebrews 10:24, “Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” Love and good deeds. Community and accountability. Though rooted in Scripture, it is a law that works in every arena where it’s applied, whether in ministry or the marketplace, non-profits or the family.
Whether you are a ministry leader or a marketplace leader, this is a conference you should consider attending. Speakers include:
- Gov. Rick Perry, the current governor of Texas;
- Gen. Tommy Franks, the Commander-in-Chief who led both the Afghanistan and Iraq campaigns;
- Roy Spence, chairman and CEO of GSD&M Idea City, a leading national marketing communications and advertising company;
- Kem Meyer, former corporate spin doctor, who now leads the communications team at Granger Community Church;
- Steven Furtick, the Lead Pastor of Elevation Church in Charlotte, North Carolina;
- Les T. Csorba, a Partner with Heidrick & Struggles, the primary executive search firm we use at Thomas Nelson;
- Courtney Spence, CEO of Students of the World, a ministry that enables college students to tell and share stories of positive change around the world;
- Steve Price, Vice President, Human Resources for Dell’s Global Consumer Business; and
- Mac Richard, the founding and Senior Pastor of Lake Hills Church in Austin, TX, the sponsor of the Spur Leadership Conference.
The Spur Leadership Conference will be held on October 1–2 at Lake Hills Church in Austin, Texas. I will be there and hope to see you there as well.