I recently had the pleasure of attending a conference put together by one of my favorite people on the planet, Howard Dayton. Howard is the founder of Crown Ministries, which he eventually merged with Larry Burkett’s Christian Financial Concepts. Howard has launched his newest venture of helping people change their lives with Compass—Finances God’s Way. Compass’ focus is to teach God’s financial principles through small group studies.
The Compass conference consists of a few days spent in a GORGEOUS retreat center in a castle in Colorado Springs. One after another, leaders and team members of Howard’s took the microphone and shared from their hearts. They discussed what’s going on in each of the areas of Compass, as well as plans and strategies for the future. Even Howard shared a little bit.
And that’s what jumped out at me. Howard shared … a little bit. The rest of the time, he sat back and observed his team. One after another, competent, confident, strong people took the podium and spoke. They made us laugh and they made us cry. But most importantly, they represented just how the company is a team effort.
In Good to Great, author Jim Collins writes about how great leaders always train their team(s) to take over if anything happens to the leader. In his research, he found that the great companies all survived a transition of leadership and continued to grow because the leader had set up their team. They could take the huge hit, bounce back and prosper.
Not that Howard is going anywhere, but it was incredible to see just how well his team operated while he sat back and watched. The best part is knowing that the team didn’t get there on its own. It took great leadership from a great man to make it happen. Now that’s leadership done right.
Question: Have you experienced this type of leadership?