Condoleeza Rice – Willow Creek Association Global Leadership Summit (Session 2)

Condoleezza Rice @condoleezzarice – Session 2

No Higher Honor: A Life of Leadership

Bio: Former U.S. Secretary of State, Professor of Political Science at the Stanford Graduate School of Business

  • Former Stanford University Provost—responsible for a $1.5 billion annual budget and the academic program for 1,400 faculty members and 14,000 students
  • Author and co-author of numerous books, including: No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington (2011); bestseller Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family (2010)

Session 2 opens up with crazy applause for the Former Secretary of State. Condi is so awesome, poised, humble and just a class act. She is a brilliant mind and reminds of of was can be accomplished with determination and hard work. Below are quotes, thoughts and snippets form her talk

  • I’d like to thank each and every one of you for bringing the transformative message of the Lord.
  • Authoritarianism is not stable.
  • Freedom is not the same as democracy… Democracy is the institutionalization of those freedoms.
  • When our founding fathers said “We the people… they didn’t mean me.” (Be Patient)
  • Governments cannot put into the heart of every person and every citizen that there should be no weak links.
  • The strong cannot exploit the weak and every life is worthy…
  • Every life has the potential for greatness…
  • Our Lord Jesus Christ Died For Each And Every One Of Us! (Applause)
  • There is a lot that government can do… but it cannot deliver compassion.
  • Moment of being at aids orphanage and President Bush said “God is Good” and the aids orphan said “All the time”
  • If u r fortunate enough to lead in challenging times – remember there r also many opportunities.
  • The most important characteristic of a leader is being an irrepressible optimist.
  • Condoleezza Rice is trending on Twitter… people that don’t know about #wcagls probably think she’s a VP Candidate. 🙂
  • Today’s headlines & history’s judgment are rarely the same.
  • In difficult times… very often I reverted to reading Romans 5. (it’s a privilege to struggle)
  • “How could a little girl who grows up in Birmingham, AL – be President if she wanted to be and Sec. of State?”
  •  I apologize for not being able share everything from Condoleezza Rice, because I can’t spell all of the words. 🙂 (need to step up my vocabulary)
  • The most dangerous people are those who are oppressors.
  • I’m not a shrinking violet about these things… (nice phrase)
  • Talking abt Working w/ Difficult Leaders: We never lost the ability 2 be be civil w/ one another.
  • None of our disagreements became so personal… I’m still friends w/ all of them today.
  • You should never play the “I’m going to resign” card unless you plan on carrying it through.
  • Use the relationship you have with your leader to be a “truth teller” for the leader.
  • Develop a level of trust with your leader where your friendship can be an asset.
  • I have never been a great planner, because I’ve allowed for guidance through ambiguity.
  • Question abt Presidency: I love policy, I don’t love politics. I’m called to do public service…

Share your thoughts!

  • books, including: No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington (2011); bestseller Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family (2010)

  • Author and co-author of numerous books, including: No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington (2011); bestseller Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family (2010)

  • I’d like to thank each and every one of you for bringing the transformative message of the Lord.

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