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Bono's Leadership Playbook

Fortune magazine just rated Bono, lead singer of the band U2, the 14th greatest leader in the world. So Fortune looked into what made Bono such a leader in leading change. The article outlined Bono's three-step leadership playbook: "One, spread the credit liberally for every success. Two, remind people that they are essential to the mission. Three, ask for more. Repeat steps one through three."

Bono says, "When you have a person who may appear rigidly opposed to something, look for ways to widen the aperture of their narrow idealistic view. We like to think of ourselves as an unlikely group having unlikely conversations that get stuff done." When Bono was asked about his relentless drive to see things through, he answers, "You know we have a family prayer. And that is to be useful." The article goes on to say, "If Bono has a motto, he's adapted it from St. Francis: Go into all the world to preach the gospel, and if necessary, use words. 'I love that one,' he says. 'Actions, actions, actions. It's about being useful, and that's what I want to be.'"

Possible Preaching Angle:

Use Bono's quote to illustrate the need for social action and social justice. Or maybe you could use it this way: You have to love Bono's emphasis on action, but what about the place for prayer? Isn't prayer also a form of action?

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