#206: Coach Tom Mullins on Developing Leaders, Making it over the Long-Haul in Leadership, and Lessons He has Learned about Leadership Succession

By September 24, 2018Podcast

In this episode, you will hear our interview with leadership legend, Coach Tom Mullins. You’ll hear him share his advice on developing leaders, making it over the long-haul in leadership, and the lessons he learned while successfully handing his organization over to the next generation.

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Coach Tom Mullins

Coach Tom Mullins


Tom Mullins is the founding pastor of Christ Fellowship Church. Christ
Fellowship is a multi-site church of 30,000 people meeting on nine campuses
around South Florida and 51,000 online around the world.

Before founding Christ Fellowship, he was a successful football coach at both the
high school and collegiate levels.   He is also the co-founder of Place of Hope, a
residential community of homes for neglected and abused children, in Palm Beach
County, Florida, and Place of Hope International, which places children’s homes
around the world.

Tom is the past president of EQUIP, John Maxwell’s organization who guides
national and international leaders in creating a transformation movement within
their own nation. He continues to travel and speak nationally and internationally on
their behalf, diligently working to raise up Christian leaders around the world.

Tom received his undergraduate and master’s degrees from Georgetown College
and his doctorate from Liberty University and is currently working on his Ph.D. in
Organizational Leadership from Southeastern University.  He has written four
books including, The Leadership Game, The Confidence Factor, the Everyday
devotional through the New Testament, and Passing the Leadership Baton.   He is
passionate about using his influence to be a life coach and an encouragement to

Tom resides in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida with his wife of 52 years, Donna, and
their family; daughter, Noelle, son, Todd and his wife Julie, and grandson,





  • Learn to play through the pain. 
  • Whatever assignment you have no matter how big or how small it is, be faithful to that assignment. 
  • No matter what assignment you have, do it with all of your heart. 
  • Bloom where you’re planted.  Do your best with what you have and whom you are working with.
  • Have a good team around you for accountability. 
  • Stay focused on the mission and realize the difference between good and best.
  • Never compromise your core values. They protect your life. 
  • Be careful in all of your associations. 
  • Guard yourself against everything that could even look like something that is not right. 
  • Give yourself the freedom to lead based on who you are, not who you think you need to be. 
  • I need to be reproducing. To grow your organization, you have to grow the team. If you don’t, you’ll hit a lid. 
  • The lack of leadership development in your organization will become the lid in your organization. 
  • The key to keeping your team growing is by keeping yourself growing. 
  • If we’re not learning, we’ll stop leading. Set the example for your team. 
  • The mark of all great leaders is to look at the team around them. That indicated the quality of the leader. 
  • To be a great leader, you’ll need to be a great recruiter. You need to recognize talent and potential, recruit that talent, help train that talent, empower that talent, get them on the field, and then become their number one cheerleader. 
  • 3 things will cause people to follow you: 1.) Character and integrity so they can trust you. 2.) Competence 3.) Compassion
  • If people can’t trust you, they won’t follow you with their heart. Your consistency in character is essential. 
  • Preparation is the key to victory. 
  • There is no true success without a succession plan. 
  • Don’t pass the baton when you’re starting to slow down. Pass it when you’re still at full speed. You want to be at the top of your game when you pass the baton. 
  • When they are at full speed and you are at full speed, that is when you want to pass the baton. 
  • There is life beyond the baton. 
  • You never leave something, you’re always going to something. 
  • I’m not retiring, I’m repositioning. 
  • If you don’t have flesh and blood to transition to, you need to have spiritual sons and daughters to transition to. 
  • When you’re trying to add value to others, you never have to worry about the value being added to you. It’ll happen. 

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