Completing the Mission

Completing the Mission

Christian Leadership Alliance President and CEO Tami Heim recently interviewed Phyllis Hennecy Hendry, President and CEO of Lead Like Jesus. Read below for Phyllis' insights into life, leadership and the impact Jesus has in it all. 


Who have been your leadership role models? What impact have they had on your personal leadership journey? 

My parents were tremendous leader role models for me. They were relationship builders who led by example. When my father planted a church in an inner city neighborhood, he and I would visit on Saturday mornings and invite people to come to the new church. One older gentleman, Mr. Lunn, said that we were welcome to visit anytime, but he was never going to come to our church because he didn’t “do” church. I was ready to leave since Mr. Lunn said, “no,” but my dad heard an invitation, so Dad and I visited Mr. Lunn weekly for over a year. Once Mr. Lunn was not at home when we came to visit, and we learned that he had been taken to the hospital. We went immediately. Once he came home, my dad and I would visit and help him around his home. After many months, one Sunday morning, Mr. Lunn came to church. At the end of the service, Mr. Lunn walked forward. He told everyone that he wanted Jesus in his life, so he could be like “Preacher Joe.”

My parents taught me that love is a core value for anyone who follows Jesus. Love for the mission, love for people and love for the impact you can make. For them, love was wrapped with commitment to do whatever it takes to move people from where they are to where God would have them go. This commitment is so strong that it embraces tough conversations covered in love and grace. Commitment included doing the work. My parents valued doing good work. I was taught that everything I did was to be done with an attitude of doing it for God, so raking the leaves and setting the table were classified as “good work.” Lastly, my parents led by example. They built lives of integrity with a handshake. Their words and their actions matched.


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Phyllis Hennecy Hendry

Phyllis Hennecy Hendry serves as the inaugural President and CEO of Lead Like Jesus, a global leadership development ministry. Under her visionary leadership, the organization has grown exponentially since its founding in 1999, equipping and empowering thousands of people throughout the United States and around the world to lead as Jesus led. Phyllis radiates passion, warmth, authenticity and wit in every presentation, and as a result, she is a highly sought after speaker, regularly travelling across the U.S. and around the world. Prior to joining Lead Like Jesus, she served for 11 years as President of the National Science Center, Inc., in Augusta, a partnership with the United States Army. Phyllis enjoys spending time with her four children and nine grandchildren.