Tweet Myles Munroe was a Bahamian Christian evangelist, ordained a Pentecostal minister, public speaker, and author who was the founder of Bahamas Faith Ministries International. Born April 20, and dying in November of at age 60 from a private plane crash with 8 others as well as his wife on the way to a leadership conference. Munroe became a Christian at the age of And receiving a Masters in Administration at University of Tulsa in He also received honorary doctoral degrees at various higher educational schools, and served as a complementary professor of the Graduate School of Theology at ORU.
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Leadership - Lessons from Dr. Myles Munroe The late Dr. Myles MUNROE was an internationally renowned bestselling author of over 70 books, lecturer, teacher, life coach, government consultant, and leadership mentor who traveled to over nations and addressed millions. He met with Prime Ministers, Presidents, Kings, Governors, Congressmen and women, Parliamentarians, Senators, Corporate Executives, Business Professionals, Educators, Scientists, and Religious and Spiritual Leaders from every culture; as well as facilitated training and consultative sessions with governments, businesses, and religious groups.
MUNROE, who passed away last year in a plane crash in Freeport, Grand Bahama along with his wife and several other leaders, was regarded as one of the most highly respected leadership teachers of our era and had recently spend time in Africa visiting nations such as Uganda, Kenya, Burundi, Tanzania, Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana, and Gabon, just to name a few. Throughout the years, he adopted young Africans as mentees to travel closely with him to observe and learn.
Among them was Hubert Sugira Hategekimana, a Rwandan genocide survivor who he met at a conference and took under his wings. In the last few years, Hubert has attended conferences, speaking engagements, mentorship sessions, and workshops that Dr.
Munroe has done. It was only right that on the day of the first anniversary since Dr. Dr Myles Munroe You could have been on that flight on November 9th, ! How does it feel to be in the Bahamas honoring the lives of Dr. Myles Munroe and those he was with on that unforgettable day? Yes, there was a possibility that I could have been on that flight because my friend Diego, who was on the flight and died with them, was urging me to go to Nassau so I could leave with them to Freeport, which is where the conference was being held.
However, I had a guest coming to the conference with me. So I told Diego that we would just go to Freeport directly.
I was not supposed to be on that flight; but, if my friend was not coming to the Bahamas with me from Ottawa, it was a possibility that I could have been. Tell us of one of the experiences you recall while traveling with Dr. Myles Munroe.
Munroe spoke, and he received a call from the Speaker of the House of the Bahamian Parliament informing him that the Parliament wanted to honor him. That morning, we had to fly back to Nassau. We landed, went to the Parliament, and he was honored. On the same day, we flew into Charlotte, North Carolina, which was the location of his next scheduled event. I remember thinking that I was the only foreigner who was in the House Parliament that day! Those are the kind of things that occurred with Dr.
Munroe on a regular basis. How did I get here? I was even with him in Burundi when we met the President--exactly two weeks before they departed from us. He extended his mentorship to us; he always looked for people who were ready to learn. He understood that success without a successor is failure. So how did all this happen? In his pursuit of transforming third world leadership, he had it in his mind to not die with his knowledge, but to pass it on.
He was very intentional about mentorship and transferring all he knew and learned to the next generation. He also had a mentorship program that I was involved in and after seeing my hunger to learn more, he opened the door for me to be personally mentored. I will forever be grateful for that. Mentorship is a long process that has a price! You have to follow, submit, and obey someone who is mentoring you. Now that he is no longer here, how do you feel about taking on the responsibilities he has left behind?
When he and the others who were with him died, there was something that happened--not just to me but to many people he mentored. We [his mentees] are now doing so many amazing things because he trained us so well. I always tell people that I was trained by the best.
One of Dr. He believed that mentorship is the transfer of passion, responsibility, and vision. He spent his life instilling that into us and perhaps his best mentees: his son Myles Jr. Actually, his son was already the CEO, even before Dr. Munroe died; so, he was already in the process of transferring the responsibilities.
In fact, they have recently launched the Myles and Ruth Munroe Foundation, which will carry the Munroe Institute that continues the work and teachings of Dr. Dr Myles Munroe How many people do you think Dr. Myles Munroe mentored?
Formally, I would say thousands and informally by way of his books and materials I would say millions. Now, the government is sending electricity to an island that once had no lights. All of this happened because someone read his book. He went further to emphasize that you are where you are in life because someone lead you there. What did leadership mean to Dr. Myles Munroe? Munroe would say that it took him forty years of research, interacting with leaders, and teaching, to define leadership.
He had to come up with his own definition of leadership because many people confuse leadership with positions and titles. He believed that everything rises and falls on leadership. He also gave an example of a basketball team. If the team continues to lose games, the players are not fired. Leadership will transform cowards into warriors. Leadership to Dr. You have to influence people through inspiration not manipulation. People must be inspired to do things. Leadership is the capacity to deploy people and not employ people.
Good leaders employ, great leaders deploy. Leaders push people to become who they really are. What would Dr. Myles Myles Munroe qualify as traits of a good leader? The traits are found in his definition of leadership and to become a leader, you must start from the bottom of the definition and work your way up.
First, you discover your purpose. Purpose is why you were born, and why you were created. Then, you are convicted about your purpose. Once you discover your purpose, you must be convinced about it.
It is one thing to discover your purpose and another to be convinced. Next, you have vision. Once you are convinced about your purpose, you will produce a vision. You will begin to see a preferred future. Then, you have passion. Once you discover and are convinced of your purpose, you must become passionate about your vision.
Finally, you inspire others. Once you are able to motivate and inspire people, you will be able to influence them, which is when they call you a leader.
The quality of a leader is first to discover your purpose and to have a vision. Leadership is nothing without a vision. Vision is to see a future as it should be and not as it is. There is only one difference between a manager and a leader. A manager sees things as they are, but a leader sees things as they should be. A leader is someone who sees a better future and is willing to pay the price to bring that future to the present.
According to Dr. Ambition is something to benefit you. A true vision is to benefit not only you and your generation, but generations to come. What is the connection between leadership and legacy? Leadership is seeing a future bigger than you and your life. This is why mentorship is critical in leadership. If a vision is true and authentic, it is bigger than the visionary.
The greatest act of leadership is mentorship. A vision is never given to a group of people but to one person at a time. The task of a true leader is not just to acquire the vision, but also to define and refine the vision, to write it down and to transfer it to people who will run with it—this is when legacy takes effect, when the baton is successfully passed. Why is legacy so important?
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