Dr. Myles Munroe: On Leadership, Vision, Purpose And Maximizing Your Potential
As condolences and tributes pour in from around the world following the passing away of Dr. Myles Munroe, 60, and his wife, Mrs. Ruth Ann Munroe in a plane crash, many people are remembering the beloved pastor, best-selling author, transformational leader and teacher. Dr. Munroe, along with his wife and seven other passengers perished in a deadly plane crash late afternoon on Sunday, November 9. Dr. Munroe was enroute to Freeport, Grand Bahama to host his annual leadership conference, Global Leadership Summit which started earlier today, November 10.
Addressing members of the press, Prime Minister of the Bahamas, the Right Honorable Mr. Perry Christie said, “It is utterly impossible to measure the magnitude of Dr. Munroe’s loss to The Bahamas and to the world. He was indisputably one of the most globally recognizable religious figures our nation has ever produced. His fame as an ambassador for the Christian ministry preceded him wherever in the world he traveled, whether in the Caribbean, North America, Asia, Europe, or Africa.”
William M. Wilson, President of Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where Dr. Munroe studied and later taught as an adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Theology, released a statement following Dr. Munroe’s death, “Dr. Munroe’s work in extending Christ’s Kingdom in our generation was exemplary and world changing.”
A prolific author with numerous best sellers under his belt, Dr. Munroe authored 69 books covering topics from transformational leadership, personal development, spiritual growth, purpose, marriage and relationships. Some of his best-selling books included “Becoming a Leader”, “The Principles and Power of Vision”, “The Pursuit of Purpose”, “Understanding Your Potential”, “Rediscovering the Kingdom”, “The Purpose and Power of Love and Marriage”, “God’s Big Idea” among others. Dr. Myles Munroe’s book, “The Burden Of Freedom” revolutionized the thinking of many people regarding third world nations, particularly Africa and the Caribbean.
Dr. Munroe was awarded an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) medal by Queen Elizabeth II in 1998 for his spiritual and social contributions to the national development of the Bahamas. “He was a towering force who earned the respect and admiration not only of Christian adherents but of secular leaders both here at home and around the world,” said Prime Minister Perry Christie.
A mentor to many and leadership coach to business and government leaders around the world, Dr. Munroe, who once said, “the passion of my life: to help as many people as possible, of every nation, race, creed, or social status, to discover their true leadership potential” leaves behind a very powerful and enduring legacy:
- “The greatest tragedy in life is not death, but a life without a purpose.”
- “I exist to transform followers into leaders. My philosophy is, trapped in every follower is a leader. My belief is, if that person is placed in the right environment, the leader will manifest herself or himself.”
- “Every human heart cries and yearns for the same thing: a chance to fulfill his or her own dreams and desires. Even the poorest man has a dream.”
- “Paradoxically, freedom requires the need to impose control on self, require more responsibility than slavery, and the decision to accept a destiny of freedom, recognizing the process and discipline that personal and political freedom require.”
- “The greatness of a man is measured by the way he treats the little man. Compassion for the weak is a sign of greatness.”
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