Spur Leadership Conference

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.

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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.

Question: How do you make room for community and accountability within your own leadership style?
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  • http://www.justinlong.org Justin Long

    I'm not sure that characterizing the divide as generational is really all that accurate. There are plenty of swarmish decentralized networks out there that are run by Boomers. The Obama campaign and the International Campaign to Ban Landmines both come to mind.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/justinlong justinlong

    I'm not sure that characterizing the divide as generational is really all that accurate. There are plenty of swarmish decentralized networks out there that are run by Boomers. The Obama campaign and the International Campaign to Ban Landmines both come to mind.

  • Byron

    I appreciate the discussion and question, Mike. I often find myself confused by the discussion of leadership in all forms of media, and your question has me confused as well. When I think of leadership, I think of the process involved in bringing a vision to fruition. You capture the hearts and minds of others in the process of implementing that vision. When you ask about the community and accountability of that process, I think of management. You can either manage your vision or the vision of someone else by feedback and appropriate adaptation. It's a volley process, but the two are so entwined that I can't imagine being a good (holistic) leader without the ability to manage the process. The skills seem separate, but entwined. The new era is noted by an increased conscious on the management side of moving visions forward with the hope of creating greater sustainability through participatory methods that mandate openness and accountability. I suppose this is what you mean by leadership 2.0? If so, the conference seems it should be named a managing the vision conference and not suggestive of the skills and conviction needed for being the first one in and the attention that follows. That's my current thought, whether on target or not.

  • Byron

    I appreciate the discussion and question, Mike. I often find myself confused by the discussion of leadership in all forms of media, and your question has me confused as well. When I think of leadership, I think of the process involved in bringing a vision to fruition. You capture the hearts and minds of others in the process of implementing that vision. When you ask about the community and accountability of that process, I think of management. You can either manage your vision or the vision of someone else by feedback and appropriate adaptation. It's a volley process, but the two are so entwined that I can't imagine being a good (holistic) leader without the ability to manage the process. The skills seem separate, but entwined. The new era is noted by an increased conscious on the management side of moving visions forward with the hope of creating greater sustainability through participatory methods that mandate openness and accountability. I suppose this is what you mean by leadership 2.0? If so, the conference seems it should be named a managing the vision conference and not suggestive of the skills and conviction needed for being the first one in and the attention that follows. That's my current thought, whether on target or not.

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