Prof Howie Hendricks, a longtime Dallas Seminary professor, went home this week. Though I only met him once, he was a spiritual grandfather to me. You see, he mentored the man – Dr. Sid Buzzell – who taught me much of what I know about leadership and teaching and gave me my first shot at teaching at the college level.
And, the one time I met Howie he said something that has never left me. In fact, this statement is the bedrock of my philosophy of leadership: “The measure of you as a leader is not what you do, but what others do because of what you do.” (In fact, I wrote a post on the saying a while back.)
Will Mancini blogged some more of Howie’s most memorable sayings earlier this week. They are so rich I felt they were more full of meaning than anything I could write this week. So, I encourage you to head over and read the full list. Here are a few of the most notable in my mind:
- When God measures a man he puts the tape around the heart, not the head.
- Jesus never discipled one-on-one.
- Nothing is more common that unfulfilled potential.
Be encouraged today, and dwell deeply on the legacy of one of Christ’s most productive followers!
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