Episode 3

Leading an Alumni-Driven Organization with Wes Griffin

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Dr. Wes Griffin serves as President and CEO at the International Leadership Institute (ILI). ILI is a global organization dedicated to equipping leaders to accelerate the spread of the Gospel. They’re a great example of how to effectively produce leaders that produce leaders. Their training is centered around eight key principles: 1. Intimacy with God, 2. Passion for the harvest, 3. Visionary leadership, 4. Culturally relevant evangelism, 5. Multiplication of leaders, 6. Family priority, 7. Faithful stewardship, and 8. Integrity. From its beginning in 1998 till today, ILI has more than a quarter-million alumni and are working to have alumni in 100 nations by the year 2020. Wes has some great insight to share with us today, so let’s get started with the interview.

Leadership insights

  • Leadership affects everything else.
  • Leaders need to care about results. Stories are not good enough for measurement—data is important.
  • Leaders should be open to insight from independent sources
  • The leader you are this year will not be adequate to lead in the future if you do not grow
  • Always keep asking why—why is more important than how (though how is also very important)

Questions to inspire us to action:

  • What is some lesson, saying, or experience that continues to influence your leadership to this day? Hope is not a strategy. We’re people of faith, but we need to take our faith and develop strategic plans so that true strategy can accomplish
  • Use three descriptors to finish this sentence: “A leader is…” Visionary, resilient, and relentless.
  • What is a question that leaders should be asking either themselves or others? What did I learn today?
  • What book would you recommend to leaders? My Utmost for His Highest—Oswald Chambers
  • If you could get every listener to start doing something THIS week to help them be a better leader, what would it be? I would solve one key issue that is holding your organization back.
  • As a general life principle, is it better to ask “why?” or “why not?” Why. One of my leadership principles is to know why you are doing something. If you know the “why,” then you know what your motivation is. You know what the needs is that you're trying to see achieved, and you know why you’re asking them to get involved and to even sacrifice and be committed so that the world can be different.

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Music credits:

  • DJ Quads | Cruise Around | Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/aka-dj-quads/cruise-aroundDJ Quads | Smile | https://soundcloud.com/aka-dj-quads/smile
  • DJ Quads | It Just Makes Me Happy | Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/aka-dj-quads/it-just-makes-me-happyThe International Leadership Institute has trained over 250,000 leaders.

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