Summary of Becoming A Leader by Myles Munroe
Myles Munroe started the book Becoming a Leader by explaining that anyone can become a leader. This is because there is an inherent leadership spirit within every individual right from when God created us. I have explained this inherent leadership spirit here!
Leaders are ordinary people who accept or are placed under extraordinary circumstances that bring forth their latent potential, producing character that inspires the confidence and trust of others. Each of us was created to be a leader led by the Spirit of God. No one is to lord it over another and prevent them from maximizing their potential.
How To Become A Leader By Myles Munroe
1. Discover yourself
Leadership is the discovery and marriage of purpose, personality, and potential. Identity (purpose discovery) is the basis for personal value and self-worth as well as a positive self-concept from which a spirit of confidence emerges. Leaders strive to be themselves, disregard the opinions of others, and defy the social straight jacket that tries to stifle the untapped leader within them.
2. Capture your vision
Vision is seeing the outworking of purpose in your mind by faith and beginning to imagine it as reality. Leaders keep their hands on the process but their eyes on the result. A mental picture that is vivid and incorporates his purposes is more important to a leader than the experience of the present. Leadership depends on capturing, refining, planning, simplifying, documenting, communicating, living, and maintaining a noble vision.
3. Share your inspiration
As a leader, you must be inspired. When your vision becomes an integral part of your thoughts, incentives, plans, and actions, then you will inspire others to join you. Inspiration is the capacity to cause others to discover themselves, their purpose, and their abilities and to maximize their potential.
Your inspiration becomes contagious, moving others to reorder their priorities and join in pursuing the vision. The key to mobilizing others is inspiration; if you can inspire, you can mobilize. This is leadership.
4. Commit to your principles and values
Integrity is the basis of trust and trust is not as much of an ingredient of leadership as it is a product. If you are leading, people should trust you. Your principles for effective leadership must include:
- Self-sacrifice: sacrificing pleasure for purpose, choosing profit over popularity, convictions over convenience, and excellence over expediency.
- Faithfulness: keeping on and being true to your word
- Steadiness: responding with calmness and gentleness instead of interrupting people.
- Responsible communication
- Personal integrity
- Maturity: responsibleness mixed with humility.
5. Express your passion
Like sharing your inspiration, if you don’t display a strong passion for your vision, no one will be convicted to follow you in pursuing it. Passion motivates, energizes, renews, fortifies, and is an unconquerable force. You must display a passion for creating, building, and producing; passion for illuminating wrongs; and passion for positive contributions.
6. Empower others
Leadership in itself is the building up of others. Any leader that does not actively contribute to the growth and development of others, is not a true leader. Effective leading has no subordinates, but participants and teammates. You empower people by allowing them by themselves instead of forcing everyone to become like you and by showing appreciation for people’s contributions.
7. Discipline yourself for your purpose
Discipline is setting self-imposed standards for the sake of achieving a noble goal. It involves making the right decisions under pressure. You must discipline yourself by delaying gratification, pursuing excellence, not compromising for the sake of popularity, and being willing to walk alone for the sake of your vision.
8. Coordinate your resources
To become a leader, you must know the resources you have and the resources you need, and how to use them most effectively. Your major resources are personnel resources and financial/ physical resources. You must use them to the best of your vision and learn to make them productive to yield good returns.
9. Manage your priorities
The sequential arrangement of your priorities is what is called planning. An effective leader must be able to determine what is most important and commit to doing it first. Your priority should follow this order: your relationship with your God, your relationship with your family, your commitment to your current obligation, and the priorities specific to your vision i.e cutting down things, not in line with your vision.
10. Mentor your successors
Success without a successor is failure. True success is the effective and efficient completion of an assigned task to the level of expectation of the one who gave the assignment. You don’t necessarily have to be the only one to do it or complete it.
You must mentor your successors by sharing your knowledge, skills, experience, expertise, and resources with them. The true nature of leadership is to lead people from dependence into independence and then inspire them to interdependence (working for all).
4 Types of Leadership by Myles Munroe
1. Spiritual and moral leadership
2. Intellectual and physical leadership
3. Emotional leadership
4. Relational leadership
Keys To Becoming A Leader by Myles Munroe
- The leader must show the qualities and skills that will result in the positive progression towards the fulfillment of the vision through his words, actions, and overall life.
- The leader must always serve to benefit those whom he is leading. He can never demand the “right to lead” but is given the opportunity by others to serve them in that capacity.
- The privilege of leading is earned through the cultivation of trust
Leadership vs management
- A manager is responsible for someone else’s vision and resources while a leader has his own vision (even when it is carried out within or in conjunction with someone else’s vision) and uses his resources with integrity to accomplish it.
- Leadership does not depend on what you do. It is fundamentally a matter of becoming who you are.
- Leadership is discovering a sense of significance to one’s generation and making a commitment to deliver that significance as an obligation.
This is a very brief summary compared to all the values laden in the book, Becoming A Leader by Myles Munroe. After reading this book, the effectiveness of my leadership had a total upsurge even at the age of 18. I strongly advise that you get a copy of this book and another for a leader around you. Get instant access to my entire e-library of Dr. Myles Munroe books and other mentorship materials worth $1000 today! Click here.
Olusegun Iyejare is a career coach and certified counselor. He helps individuals discover and maximize their potential to live satisfying lives regardless of obvious limitations holding them back.