Welcome to the first installment of McKay’s enlightening new series where he delves into the topic of leadership. Today, he begins by finding answers to a few critical questions that can help us all lead better in our own lives.
In a world filled with choices and opportunities, McKay explores the qualities that go into creating a great leader and the sacrifices they must make. He draws upon such historical examples as Grover “Cleve” Harrell and Martin Luther King Jr., to illustrate the impact of leadership on organizations and society, and emphasizes the significance of aspiring leadership and servant leadership. Throughout the episode, McKay shares heartfelt stories with listeners that highlight the profound influence leaders can have on those who follow them. Filled with insights into leadership's true essence and how it extends far beyond positions and titles, today’s episode offers a valuable opportunity to open your eyes to new perspectives on this vital component in all our lives - a powerful springboard for the coming installments in this series.
The definition of leadership and its critical role in organizations and life
The rise and fall of Yellow Corporation
The causes behind major corporate failures and the importance of effective leadership
Blockbuster’s story and how failing to adapt to change led to its demise
Aspiring leadership and its transformative power
Sacrifices leaders make
The significance of servant leadership
Personal anecdotes and historical figures who exemplify the essence of leadership
"Leaders lead by who they are and how they live. They lead by what they leave behind for others to follow."
"Leadership is found doing the heavy lifting in the valleys with only a brief moment or two on the mountain."
"Servant leadership is not about the recognition. It begins and ends with a true desire to serve."
"This is most true when you look at the greatest leader in our Lord."
"We think sometimes that prayer or faith or our attempt to sacrifice somehow pays God back for what He's done for us. But the truth is, we will never be able to give Him even a small portion of what He has given to us."
"Mothers give without ever receiving what they deserve in return."
"The realization of the magnitude of my debt to my mother came to me in phases haltingly as a teenager, in great heart-wrenching waves as a student, and then later as a young parent. Even now, as a middle-aged man, it settles on me from time to time and makes me weepy."