Leadership is the capacity to influence others through inspiration motivated by a passion, generated by a vision, produced by a conviction, ignited by a purpose. – Dr. Myles Munroe
Going through my phone on that Monday morning (10th November 2014), checking the updates I have in my Blackberry Messenger and the news of another great man who has passed on to glory hit me that I found it difficult to believe. This was the same way I received the news of the death of Prof. Chinua Achebe- BBM update. I had no choice but to ask myself a tough question of why did this happen, at least not yet. The news of the death of Dr. Myles Munroe, his wife and daughter really is a great tragedy but I refuse to question God who allowed it to happen, also because I know he lived a fulfilled life, left legacies, died empty and is resting in the Lord’s bosom.
This is a man I admired for his understanding of the concept of leadership, a well grounded teacher and motivational speaker and boldly I say he was one of the finest of his generation. His teachings are simple to understand. One of his books The Spirit of Leadership that I am still reading has opened me up to a lot on this widely discussed topic of leadership that I will have to go over it again so I can be a master like he was. A man who developed concepts and schools of thought that has made his Nation prosperous and better for it. A little one shall become a thousand, a small one a strong nation: I the Lord will hasten it in his time (Isa. 60:22). He was a strong nation, no doubt about that.
One thing is true and cannot be disputed; Myles Munroe has left a legacy, built men, nations and left indelible marks. He has protégés and sons all over the world who now run with his thoughts, teachings and philosophies. Just like the case of Elijah and Elisha, the baton of great leadership values qualities and a creative mind loving the Lord has been passed on. The connected have already tapped into the double portion of such grace he carried and in time will start manifesting more than the great teacher, Dr. Myles. I can boldly say that I am one of such people and can never take such privilege for granted on any ground whatsoever.
This tragedy takes me back to my wonderful flight from Owerri to Lagos, Nigeria where in the waiting area, I saw this short man (they are always) across the room and I was humbled. All I could do was give a bow which he responded because I have been thought to respect and crave strange graces. Just when everyone got their luggage and now leaving the airport, his walking steps was nothing short of swag and a conscious nodding of his head as he approached the car that came to pick him.
I just said to myself that great men in whatever they do are always conscious of their true identity, worth and class; even though some others may see it as pride. It doesn’t drop on you overnight, you just must work your way into it by renewing the pattern of your mind. You lived a life of bearing fruits and raising leaders and in death I celebrate you till we all gather to enjoy life eternal.
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