Howard Hendricks on Leadership

UnknownHoward Hendricks passed away in 2013 at the age of 88. He was a distinguished professor at Dallas Theological Seminary and a trusted statesman for the Christian faith. I first heard him preach when I was still new staff with Cru. I attended a conference where he was one of the keynote speakers. I had never heard anyone teach the Bible with such clarity and conviction. Over the years I heard Dr. Hendricks speak many more times and, on occasion, was privileged to be in his presence. I devoured many of his books and audio messages. Make no mistake, Hendricks was a first-rate leader. The best way you can tell is by the number of Christian leaders he produced. In 1986, The Center for Christian Leadership and Cultural Engagement was named after Howard G. Hendricks. This is a token to the legacy he left behind of spiritual leaders. There are many today who are mourning his loss, but who are also leading from his foundation.

Below are a number of quotes from Dr. Hendricks that, in one way or another, all relate to leadership.

If you want them to bleed, you have to hemorrhage.

There are many things I can do, but I have to narrow it down to the one thing I must do. The secret to concentration is elimination. 

Pray long in private, short in public.

Nothing is more common than unfulfilled potential. 

The effective teacher always teaches from the overflow of a full life. You cannot impart what you don’t possess. If you stop growing today, you stop teaching tomorrow.

Leaders are readers and readers are leaders.

You can impress people from a distance but you can impact them only up close.

The greatest crisis in America is a crisis of leadership and the greatest crisis of leadership is a crisis of character.

Our society’s penchant for creating celebrities has diluted the true worth of leadership with a facade of fame . . .

Dusty Bibles always lead to dirty lives.

Your destiny is determined by the books that you read and the people that you meet.

For an outstanding resource check out The Dynamics of Leadership on DVD by Dr. Hendricks.

5 replies
  1. Mike Chung
    Mike Chung says:

    Thanks Gary for these quotes. I was his TA for CRU’s SOL one summer. Really enjoyed being under him. His book “Color Outsides the Lines”was a huge challenge not to settle but to creatively engage teaching and leadership. I plan to re-read it in the future.

  2. Fred West
    Fred West says:

    What a huge loss to the body of Christ!
    Dr. Hendricks was my adviser for my thesis at DTS. I was so privileged to have some up close, face-time with the Prof! I remember my first exposure to him was at a Dallas Christmas Conference in the early ’70’s. He spoke on the Hall of Faith from Hebrews 11. I helped coordinate a training event at Arrowhead Springs that he taught and walked around the lake with him at a Keystone Kapers conference, not to mention a Marriage & Family class at DTS and so many books and tapes.I especially enjoyed “Elijah!” What an impact he has made on me and thousands, if not millions, of believers and the masses. Farewell Faithful Warrior!


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