12 Principles of Leadership from Dr. Myles Munroe

A principle is a law, it is not a fact. Principles are stronger than facts because facts can change anytime, but principles are always constants. They are inherent in creation.

A principle has no respect for anyone and hence simplifies life.

True leadership must be based on right attitudes and principles and should lead to cause changes – a social change. True leaders deliver people and any leader that doesn’t show you the path of freedom and self-discovery is not a leader.

Twelve attitudes of true leaders:

  1. Leaders don’t wait for things to happen; they make things happen. They don’t wait for someone else to do something, they decide to do it themselves and you will notice they presence of a leader by seeing they change they are making. Leaders don’t wait for someone to act, they take initiative and act.
  • Leaders know the value of character, and they are careful to protect their image from damage.
  • A leader is above and yet not outside the people they lead. They are in touch with the people’s challenges.
  • Leaders realize the power of cooperate achievement and usually build a formidable team.
  • Leaders lead by example and not by instruction.
  • True leaders raise leaders better than themselves.
  • True leaders train people.
  • Leaders lead out of their life, not out of their position. Value your personal life more than the position.
  • True leaders control their temper, Moses lost his leadership because he lost his temper. Respect comes from consistency of character and words.
  1. Love and value people so much than you value your personal gains.
  1. True leaders don’t earn rich, they enrich others.
  1. Good leaders raise godly families. If you fail in your family, you will fail in leadership.

12 Principles for Effective Leadership

  1. Discover yourself – Your Purpose
  • Believe you are designed to lead – confidence
  • Define your vision clearly
  • Share your inspiration
  • Commit to principles and values that you will never violate
  • Express your passion to people – publicly tell people the change you want to make. Don’t keep your passion silent
  • Leaders empower other people. Leaders don’t pursue power, the pursue empowerment
  • Leaders discipline themselves to protect their purpose and vision
  • Leaders coordinate resources effectively. (resources include: time, money, friends and mentors.)
  1. Leaders manage their priorities. Priorities protect you from other people’s interference in your life
  1. Mentor someone to become better than yourself. True leaders raise leaders. Don’t just develop programs develop people. Don’t just build houses and centres build lives. Jesus built no houses, he simply built people who changed the world.
  2. Leaders must understand management because leaders are not managers but they must learn how to mange properly. Managers delegate responsibilities to other people but true leaders lead people to perform a task.

In conclusion

A leader must possess passion for his assignment bigger than any obstacle or opposition. Passion is finding something to live and die for. A leader must have deep conviction such that nothing can buy him off. No pressure should make a true leader drift from purpose.

Leaders don’t follow the crowd, they stand for what is right. The opposite of conviction is compromise. Nelson Mandela had a conviction he was ready to die for. Your convictions keep you alive even when you are dead. Find something worth dying for and pursue it. Criticisms qualify you for respect. All leaders have a deep love for humanity and willingness to sacrifice for humanity is your key to greatness.

Leaders have code of ethics. Leaders always have plans, they don’t need GPRS. They got their coordinates in order at all times. Leaders have a one-track mind. They are persistent. Persistency is simply insisting on what you believe. Persistency is telling the present how much you believe the future. True leaders don’t live in the present, they live in their future.

True leaders are dedicated to their assignment. Dedication is the highest form of commitment. It is possible to be loyal and not dedicated. Dedication is living for a thing and being willing to die for your vision. You must be willing to sacrifice for your assignment. True leaders are accountable to higher leaders. You must submit to someone else. There must be a mentor over you and you must be accountable to God also. True leaders, love Jesus, fear God and fellowship with the Holy spirit regularly.

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