Howard 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.