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Saturday, March 25, 2017 10:01 pm

Lineup, local sites set for Leadercast

Lisa Green | The Journal Gazette

Andy Stanley. Henry Cloud. Daniel Pink. Authors and notable names in leadership circles.

They’re among the speakers lined up for the May 5 Leadercast, a one-day training event in Atlanta that is also broadcast and heard by more than 100,000 worldwide.

Fort Wayne-area sites hosting include County Line Church of God in Auburn; LifeHouse Church in Van Wert, Ohio; and Family Christian Center in Defiance, Ohio.

Stanley’s books include "The Principle of the Path: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be" and "Visioneering: Your Guide for Discovering and Maintaining Personal Vision."

Cloud, a clinical psychologist, has written books including "The Power of the Other," about the effect people have on others from the "boardroom to the bedroom and beyond," and "How to Have That Difficult Conversation."

Pink is a behavioral science expert and author whose books include "Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us" and "Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action."

Other speakers this year include Suzy Welch, author, TV commentator and business journalist; Molly Fletcher, a former top sports agent and author; Tyler Perry, screenwriter, producer and entrepreneur; and Donald Miller, CEO of Storybrand and also an author.

The Leadercast website cites a need for better leaders in communities, businesses, organizations, and homes.

"Leadercast exists to serve individuals and organizations across all sectors who want to become intentional about raising their standard of leadership," the website says.

The organization provides ongoing leadership information, including through video and social media. Access to some content and information is based on monthly or annual subscriptions.

The one-day leadership training is similar to the Global Leadership Summit, a two-day conference held annually in August in South Barrington, Illinois, and broadcast to hundreds of sites via satellite by the Willow Creek Association.

For Leadercast, the Van Wert site had about 250 attend last year. This year about 400 are expected, said Erika Wise, office manager at the Van Wert Chamber of Commerce. LifeHouse has moved to a new location, so its venue is larger.

"We will take registrations up until May 1 or until sold out," Wise said. The cost is $85 to attend or $80 per person if seven or more are attending, she said.

This will be the third year Van Wert has hosted. Wise said the chamber’s executive director attended a Leadercast in Defiance and thought it would be valuable locally.

Troy Miller of Braun Industries in Van Wert thinks it is.

"For me, it’s a re-charge," Miller said in a statement. "For one day, I can plug in, focus on my development, my impact, obstacles and growth opportunities."

Information, including about host sites, is available at

‘Secrets of Oz’

Author B.J. Gallagher has turned to one of the most well-known fantasies to help people "unleash some magic" in their management.

"The Leadership Secrets of Oz" was released this month. The book explores how, when Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion approached the Wizard, they assumed their leader would wave a wand and solve their problems. "But that’s not how a leader inspires a team" nor how a team finds success, a synopsis of the book says.

Gallagher’s book, according to a news release, addresses topics including:

Building brains – when leaders practice divergent thinking and look for alternative solutions to problems

Heeding your heart – knowing there is strength in vulnerability

Cultivating courage – which doesn’t mean having no fear but rather feeling fear and taking action anyway.

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