The Journal Gazette
Sunday, September 13, 2020 1:00 am

Find pace to realize right place

LISA GREEN | The Journal Gazette

Don't think about the success you feel, think about “how you feel.”

It doesn't matter if your business is successful if “you're not successful.”

It's business. It's personal.

It's all about pace, according to Michael Todd, the 33-year-old pastor of Transformation Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and a speaker at the August Global Leadership Summit. The two-day leadership and development event is hosted annually at a suburban church near Chicago and broadcast via satellite to cities including Fort Wayne.

This year's event was online due to the coronavirus pandemic that makes large gatherings inadvisable, but more than 2,300 people signed up under the Fort Wayne “host site” to watch virtually.

Most leaders, Todd said, feel overworked, increasingly tired and anxiety because the pace of leadership is “at a place that's unsustainable. ... If we get the right pace in our lives, everything changes.”

That requires giving everything the attention it deserves, including outside of work. When a leader has that balance, it's easier for people to follow them.

Many people are so focused on performance they “never get to purpose,” Todd said.

“Pace directly affects peace and peace is true prosperity,” Todd said. “Success is not just where you end up, it's how you get there.”

Todd was one of more than a dozen speakers this year. Here are a few highlights from others, including from short video clips featuring past Summit faculty.

• Albert Tate, co-founder and pastor of the multisite, multiethnic Fellowship Church in California, said some people question whether they are called to leadership. “Leadership isn't something on the outside of me that I have to grasp, it's something inside of me that I have to grow,” he said.

Leaders should look for and stand against injustices, being willing to flip those “tables,” Tate said, speaking symbolically. But, he added, “it's hard to turn over a table of injustice if you're sitting comfortably at it.”

• Beth Comstock, an author and former General Electric executive, said she liked to tell those who reported to her to tell her one thing she didn't want to hear. It created transparency and permission.

• Juliet Funt, CEO at, which helps address workflow issues, offered an observation about leaders that was similar to what Todd shared. “We're trying to run a marathon with the intensity of a sprint,” she said.

Leadership 2.0 deadline nears

The application deadline for Leadership 2.0 is Oct. 11 – less than a month away.

The program launched last year, designed to build on Leadership Fort Wayne, covering topics such as strengths-based, high-performance leadership, leading high-performing teams and core competencies like how to read a financial statement and build a strategic plan. Eligibility requirements for the program include being a graduate of Leadership Fort Wayne, or the Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana Leadership Institute, currently working and/or living in Allen County and having the full support of the applicant's employer or organization.

“Leadership 2.0 empowers participants to tap into their natural abilities, so they can make their businesses, their organizations, their families, and our community the best they can be,” said Barry Schrock, director of leadership programs at GFW Inc.

The program will be limited to 12 members. An orientation will be held in December.

The application for Leadership 2.0 and more program details are available at

To share a thought, a favorite quote or other wisdom about leadership, email Lisa Green at Lead On also appears online as a blog at

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