The Spirit of Leadership – Book review

13 June 2011

Are there times when you wonder why God chose you to be a leader for your MOPS group?  Do you struggle when the challenges come up and you’re not sure what to do?  Do you sometimes feel like Moses when God asked him to go and talk to Pharoah?  Do you ask:  “Why me God?  I can’t do that!”

I confess I sometimes struggle with this.  I often feel the responsibility of leading a MOPS group, and some days wonder why on earth God chose me.  Yet I hold onto the promise that if has God called me to lead, He will equip me to lead.  After all, He knows what He is doing, even if I don’t!

So I was greatly encouraged recently when I read “The Spirit of Leadership” by Dr Myles Munroe.  He argues that we are ALL born with leadership capabilities as we are made in the image of God.  We have His nature – a significant part of which is the ability to plan ahead, imagine, create, and effectively administer our life.

“No matter who you are, you have the nature and capacity for leadership.”  Many of us have been conditioned to believe leadership myths: leaders are born, not made; that certain people are ordained or chosen to be leaders; that we have to have a charismatic or forceful personality; that special training is required for leadership. Yet God created every human being to lead in an area of gifting.  What you are gifted in often reveals what type of leadership you are meant to exercise.  Ask yourself:  what are your inclinations, likes, passions, talents and natural abilities?

“When we become our true selves, we will naturally be leaders.”  Most of us are not leaders today because, in our hearts, we don’t believe that is who we are.  Yet, we are designed to have “dominion” over this world – to rule, govern, control, master, manage and lead our environments.  I find it a comforting thought that we are already designed to lead – we just have to discover our inherent leadership potential.

Your future as a leader also isn’t tied to what others think of you, but rather what you think of yourself:  “You are a leader, regardless of your present status or your feelings about your leadership ability and potential.  When you discover this truth and become convinced of it, then you won’t be content with just being a follower any longer.”

Why then do so many of us struggle with the idea of being a leader?  Perhaps it is because we have heard negative messages throughout our life, which made us believe we just aren’t leadership material.  Or perhaps it is because we compare ourselves to other leaders, and just don’t see how we can measure up.  We have been taught that leadership is reserved for an exclusive group of people – yet it is the true essence of ALL human beings.

If God designed us all to lead, why doesn’t it come naturally for all of us?  Well like most gifts, they have to be developed and exercised.  We have to grow into our leadership spirit, through connecting with the true source – God.  And that’s the exciting bit.  God is renewing our minds, and He will help us to be the leader He wants us to be.  All we have to do is grow closer to Him and learn about Him (and leadership) through His living word.  “God’s words are designed to transfer truth and ideas that will renew our thought lives and thus transform the spirit of our minds, our attitudes.”

Myles argues that to be a successful leader and utilise the potential God has given us, we also have to discover what God’s purpose is for our life, and work towards His vision with passion and enthusiasm, whilst helping others to become leaders too.  Without knowing our purpose and giftings, our leadership will flounder.  Again, spending time with God will help us clarify what His purpose is for our life, and give us the drive to be all that we can be for God’s glory.  “When a person gets to know his Creator, and finally comes to know himself, then his leadership is born. When he makes this discovery, his attitudes are adjusted.  His beliefs about himself, mankind, and his role in the world are radically transformed.”

Leadership is both simple and difficult because it demands the following:

  1. A belief in oneself
  2. A passion for one’s purpose
  3. A love for people
  4. A willingness and capacity to walk alone
  5. A sense of satisfaction from the success of others

Leadership is both an art and a science.  It is innate and yet learned; it is inherent and yet must be developed.  True leadership is the hope of the future of our world and will determine the success or failure of our homes, MOPS groups, communities, and nations.

Why not spend time with your Creator today, and discover the awesome joy it is to receive His power and spirit of leadership through an intimate relationship with Him.

Source:  The Spirit of Leadership – Dr Myles Munroe (2005), Whitaker House, USA.

Janine Davidson

Co-ordinator at One 2 One MOPS

Gillies St. Church of Christ, VIC

2 Responses to “The Spirit of Leadership – Book review”

  1. Jillian says:

    Thanks for sharing Janine. I wholeheartedly agree that God equips us when he calls us. Sounds like a great book.

  2. Janine says:

    Thanks Jillian 🙂

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