The Moral Force of Leadership | Dr. Myles Munroe

thank you for joining us for another power-packed message from dr. Myles Munroe provided by Monroe global incorporated and Monroe global comm we transform followers into leaders and leaders into agents of change we hope that this message is a blessing to you as you advance your life and discover your purpose now let's go into the message so I want to speak to you on character the moral force of leadership I'm going to move very fast so you need to write fast or do what most people do steal my powerpoint by taking photographs just remember to give me credit and tell them that a photograph came from otherwise you are plagiarizing and stealing and I know that no one steals in this place we have character I want to focus tonight on understanding the priority and the power of the process of leadership and character and I would I'm going to do something very unique tonight I'm going to combine the session that we did not complete this morning with the session tonight so you're going to get two focuses tonight and you see them come together I'm going to talk about understanding this concept of character and how to define it and then we're going to talk about how that affects your moral force so I'm going to talk about this this key the foundation key of 21st century leadership we will not survive the next 10 years if we continue the way we're going go the defects of character are so deep that there's no way our countries can survive that includes your country if we do not address the issue of defective character in leadership I will show you this photograph fairly often tonight because the only or should I say one of the only remaining images of a living leader who has embodied some measure of character that must be admired is the president of South Africa mr. Nelson Mandela we have a few left on the planet that we can emulate as people who have shown us and demonstrated this measure of character that we are looking for we want to mention a little bit about the components of character which includes ethics and morality and I will also show you a number of statues tonight for a reason because this will be the heart of my definition of character so our our focus tonight is on the moral force of character now in our session that we did not complete this morning please write this down I want to first of all take a quick look at the fact that character matters we should not even have to say this but apparently it is so lacking we have to say it character does matter as a matter of fact I hope by the time I am finished that you would agree with me about my convictions that character is the most important thing that matters because in the air all you have to protect you is your character let's talk a little bit about leadership first and I want to stress that much of what I'm going to talk about tonight you'll find in the new book and so please if you didn't catch all of the information be sure to invest in that material and take your time and read the book leadership is valuable and powerful let's talk about them quickly nothing happens without leadership nothing changes without leadership nothing develops without leadership nothing improves without someone taking leadership nothing is corrected in any situation unless someone emerges and decides I'm going to fix this like Martin Luther King jr. or mother Teresa or Mahatma Ghandi these are people who decided something's wrong with this I'm going to correct this leadership is necessary for correction in society also nothing succeeds without leadership and the problem is everybody is always being led by somebody even though even a be conscious of it because you are being influenced by someone and so it's important for you to be aware of who is leading me or Who am I following or Who am i allowing to influence my life and we're going to see why in a minute that's so important let's talk a little bit about some questions about leadership because everyone thinks that you know leadership is a simple matter but he has some question about leadership is leadership about power is it about position or talent or skill Authority or is it about physical traits is the leadership about social status maybe something leadership is about family heritage you know I was born into a family of politicians so I'm automatically Emma to be a national leader or something or I was born into a family of pastors so I'm automatically earmarked to be a spiritual leader or something this is not necessarily true but people take these kinds of this kind of our thinking and they try to make that a part of the leadership mentality but here's a big one its leadership about charisma which is a very important study that the Greeks did and the Romans adopted and of course they have exported that to us in our colonization experience that they're certain gifts that the person has that makes them different from everybody else this is very dangerous they call it charisma which is a Greek word that means giftings of the gods what about leadership concepts and and philosophy I always give you mine this is my belief of our leadership I believe that everybody was born to be a leader but not necessarily over people you were born to be a leader in an area of gifting and therefore your trunk in every follower is a hidden leader that needs to be released and you were born to become that leader but the process is important every human being possesses I believe the capacity to be a leader but most of them will die never manifesting that capacity and I also believe that you were born to be a leader by attracting people to your gift and you serve them your gift it is that service that makes you valuable to the people so leadership is not about your personality it's not about your skills or your academic achievements it's really about you serving your gift to your generation the problem is if you never find your gift you will never find your leadership and so leadership has more to do with self-discovery than it has to do with finding followers this is why all true leaders never thought followers none of them they were too busy pursuing a passion based on a gift that they discovered that they were born to serve their generation so leadership really is about serving yourself to the world I call it self distribution I remember the question with Acts who wants to be the greatest the answer was whoever can be the greatest servant not necessarily slave while subservient he's talking about whoever can serve his self to the world the best the world would consider him great of course in the eyes of the creator as well so this is what my philosophy is now my definition of leadership is always important for me to repeat because I never assumed that everybody heard me before and plus these CDs travel the world what is leadership my definition is simple yet complicated write it down leadership is the capacity to influence others through what inspiration of manipulation and then inspiration is generated by a passion motivated by a vision that the leader develops or exposes and that vision is birthed from a conviction in the heart of the leader that conviction comes from a sense of purpose that they discover so the very interesting complication of becoming a leader it's the process I would tell people to become a leader you have to turn the centre's upside down and start from the bottom in other words to become a leader you will first discover your purpose which then leads you to a deep conviction that you were born to do something important for Humanity that conviction it shows up in pictures so we call it vision that vision to become the passion for the person that passion inspires other people and once you inspire people you can influence them or they allow you to influence them and that influences what we call leadership so true leaders never seek leadership they are too busy pursuing a purpose so when a person wants to be a leader tries to be a leader pursues to be a leader that's a very dangerous person if you study true leaders most of them are reluctant leaders they never wanted to be leaders circumstances drove them or a passion drove them or a conviction tip over their lives this is why true leaders never seek power matter of fact some of them actually hate power they love to empower completely opposite their desire is to make other people great to free other people to make other people profit true leaders are completely contradictory to those today we call leaders because they seek the good of other people not the good that people can give them when I read about leadership I remind of these two statements one by Abraham Lincoln he has a man who's reluctant leader he says concerning the position he had on slavery he told his party his own political party he says slavery is wrong black people should be freed in America do you know that most of his party members owned slaves and they said to him you are crazy we're gonna kill you he went against his own political body show me for a politician with good luck today your conviction should be bigger than your political platform you know think about this although also as his party and government at the time we remember none of them write this down your conviction make you historical you are not remembered for what you compromised on you'll always remember what you stood for if you compromise I guarantee you be forgotten easily he said these words I have said nothing but for what I am willing to live by and if it be the pleasure of the Almighty God to die by end quote the guy says look I'm already dead when it comes to this conviction about slavery I always say that real leaders are dead people that's why you can't hurt them you can't insult them you can't criticize them you can't oppose them why they can't feel they are dead they've made a decision already they have an agreement on a contract with death some of them are saying invite death into their lives like Mahatma Gandhi who sat in that prison and said I'll never eat another morsel of food and tell the people of India free from the yoke of colonialism from Britain he imposed his own death no wonder why they have to make sure he didn't die on their hands here's another one almost a hundred years later read it says what it is an idea for which I hope to live for and to achieve but it needs be it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die end quote don't they solid they know each other two different like times separated by years and years and decades and yet the same spirit these are dead men that's why you couldn't kill them I believe one of the greatest statement of a leadership is found in these words if you save your life you will lose it but if you're willing to lose your life for a cause that is Noble they will never erase you from the books of life you know in this conference you got a choice whether you will be remembered or forgotten and most people are so useless to their generation that they literally need a tombstone in the earth to reminder that they used to be here I hope that this conference will destroy your need for a tombstone that you would H your name in the hearts of humans because of your willingness to die for a cause to help humanity become what they were intended to be that you will never be forgotten leadership therefore is not about finding something to live for it's about finding something to die for this is leadership and this is why all who claim to be true leaders suddenly are test it and the test is not to destroy the test is to prove the moment you decide to step on and your gift all hell breaks loose the good news is heaven also breaks loose at the same time go ahead clap observe is the clap when you find a cause that is worthy of self-sacrifice you become the beginning of a leader right the statement down true leadership is born when you discover the problem in life you were born to solve I am of the deep conviction that every human came to earth to solve a problem most people don't ever find the problem so they basically get a job the fourth statement on this slide is very important true leadership is a personal commitment to sacrifice yourself for a public cause this is very important truly the ship is what a willingness to place nearly sacrifice for a public cause some of the things I've been through in this country what they did to me personally I was willing to bear it you think about mr. Nelson Mandela who I will refer to a lot tonight this man had a wife and children and decided he would give up his family for 27 years a personal sacrifice for a public cause my brother King jr. had a wife and children I spoke to his daughter many times Bernice and she would say to me I don't know my father I don't know him she said I never saw him I saw him on TV as a child I saw him leading all these people with hoses and dogs but I mean ever with my daddy it was a personal sacrifice for a public cause and that's why we can't forget him your problem is you are so protective of your personal protection you have no public contribution this is leadership you cannot change the world and have a normal life I know what I'm talking about I hardly sleep in my home I was calling the days I spend at home this year and I'm embarrassed but it's the public passion that demands the private sacrifice and that's why most people prefer to be followers followers can have a nine-to-five job and watch TV from 6 o'clock and we forget them and we put tome stones where we lay their bodies to remind it that they used to be here what a tragedy I put it to you when I think of this woman Mother Teresa a simple teacher of high school in India decided I'm going to quit my job and she used her pal last paycheck to buy food from the street vendors to distribute to the beggars and the lepers on the street would you use your last paycheck for other people place enough sacrifice for a public course like this now true leaders do not seek followers true leaders attract followers why because followers are attracted to the person's gift they are attracted to the person's passion that makes them attractive and that's what makes the leader the leader people are attracted to the gift it's like a food tree a fruit tree never bring this fruit to you because this fruit is its gift it attracts you and this is why attraction inspires people to submit their energy and their time and their resources to your public cause can I just warn you that when people start gathering around you never believe it's about you see the problem begins when you think it's all about you that you are the leader no you have something that they want and this is why most of the worldly celebrated people famous people always collapse under the weight of what they call fans because they think people come to them I know why you here you came here to this country not because of me as a person I know my gift and it doesn't belong to me can I suggest it this way a fruit tree never eats his own fruit because the fruit is never for the tree it's really not about you and the mystery is when you go to a fruit tree you ignore the leaves ignore the branches you never look at the bark you don't care how big the tree is you have one focus tell your friends calm down this is not about you so give them the fruit clap your hands right there this is the leadership it's about service it was serving that fruit to the world and this is why true leaders don't have ego problems they have no pride problems why because they know it's not about them unlike what Jesus said the great leader he said I didn't come to be served but to serve myself a ransom to many he knew what made him famous not his personality that's why today we have no idea about his personality have you ever thought about it we don't know what kind of man he was we have no photograph of him no one knows how he looks nobody and yet he's in people's minds every day what what picture do you see you don't see a photograph of a person you see his character you see his freak his works he call it great leaders never need Tom stones reminds me of Moses huh we have no idea where he's buried don't know how he died and we assume God killed him the Bible simply said he was no more that means God killed him but you know they said in a nice way and the reason why God did it because he wanted to prove that your life is bigger than your cemetery resting place live in a way that it doesn't matter where they bury you let your life be bigger than your grave and that happens when you find your gift and you serve it to the world write this down true leadership is therefore not measured by how many people serve you but by how many people you serve the more people you serve the less you will be forgotten 90% of the people on the planet Earth focus on self-preservation looking over their ownselves you spend your life living for people you will never die this is true leadership I want to therefore say to you that leadership really is not just finding a job let me give you a list of what I call the kind of leader we need in this century first we need leaders who can plan secondly leaders who can make tough decisions thirdly leaders who can inspire and motivate people instead of manipulating them fourthly we need leaders who can respond to change flexible and then we need leaders with honorable character and I put at the bottom because that's what we want to focus on in the next few moments character true leadership is not a right they say it's a privilege people don't have to follow you and I always make a point here write this down Trust is the currency of leadership in the economy of human influence Trust is the currency you cannot lead people who don't trust you so the problem is where do you get trust from and my conclusion is trust is a product of character a person of character can be trusted even in their absence that woman downtown in my country we are not there we on a different Island tonight but I can tell you exactly what she's doing in her absence why she is character she can be trusted in a hurricane to still be there she can be trusted in the heatwave at a hundred degrees Fahrenheit she can be trusted when the rain comes like acid she just sits there I wonder would make you collapse temptations in the dark what do you do when everyone is sleeping what would you do if no one would ever find out what do you do and no one is watching these are questions of character character is displayed in public but test it in secret and if you want to be trusted you have to pursue with all your passion the direction of character has been my life's goal I live right so you can trust me because Trust is not a gift God doesn't give you trust there's no gift at a spirit called trust Trust is earned by consistency what did I say write that down please because you see the problem it leave us today is they change every day not only date they change future infinity trust character is the source of trust and so if we can focus on trust we can understand how leaders can fulfill their roles right click and let me give you the roles of a leader real quick leader leader first of all are supposed to provide vision for people and then they have chance for that visions of the people they supposed to build a team to carry the vision out they supposed to empower that team and trust them with responsibility they supposed to direct the team toward results they supposed to manage priorities which is very important and then leaders must possess and live by values which means that they must cultivate a high standard of moral ethics I don't trust a visionary who has no values your big vision doesn't impress me because I don't know who you sleeping with in the night values are more important than vision principles more important than power and sometimes we pursue the academics of leadership and not the morals of leadership we become experts with clay feet skillful people with no foundation this is dangerous and that's what we have today let me give you quickly the 12 keys of leadership you want to become a leader take a photograph of this and then I'll charge you later the 12 keys to become an effective these number one what is it purpose number two passion number three calm passion number four vision number five principles number six trust number seven competence number eight inspiration number nine priority number ten moral conviction number eleven dedication to a cause and number ten character and I put it on the bottom because it is the foundation of the whole building leadership is vital the most powerful force of a leader is character it's a force it has his own energy ladies and gentlemen I wish I had two weeks to talk to you about this I really wish they did because please read the book I spent 12 years with that book when I realized the character a poison the character to love the say a worried they can walk into a room and change the atmosphere by their physical presence then such a force write this down please number 2 character protects the leader it protects the leaders life his leadership and his legacy character protects the leaders life it protects the leaders leadership and protects the leaders legacy when mr. Bill Clinton died what will you remember that young lady's name still comes back his legacy was canceled who's more famous Delilah or Samson you answer the question ladies and gentlemen your character is all you got and I hope that this this summit will put so much fear in you that you will never again consider the possibility of selling your character for any price clap man you make maneuvers some of your MIG deals with the character I would rather walk away from everything and keep my character I'd rather lose all your friendships and keep God's love with me [Applause] don't sell your character write this down please character is the manifestation that sheets we will become your character controls your development it tells you what you will become you can actually control what you will be go by protecting your character without character every other aspect of leadership is at risk you'd know that you've seen the flies fall you've seen the big heavy players collapse somehow we think we are so smart it will never happen to us I've come to make an announcement it will if you tamper with your character character extends the longevity of a leader write it down if you want to make it to the end it's not difficult just decide in this session that you will live the rest of your life protecting the integrity of your character I won't leave you without instruction before we close I'll show you what character is so you can know exactly what to do with it but it will determine your longevity in my circles that I move in which is a few circles I meet people in politics in business and religion and in all kinds of corporate settings and I could almost amount the ones who won't make it I meet some powerful preachers and after two minutes with them I go this one is on his way down and everybody's clapping while I'm weeping because they confuse gift with character your gift is only as safe as your character your gift can never keep you how many gifted people today are walking the streets because they violated the character ladies and gentlemen I want to give you what I call the moral force a character character is the long it the long in the long run rather it is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and also of a nation alike roosevelt said that it's the president of a country maybe we need more presidents to to learn that statement he says character in the long run is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike i like this one this is Myles Munroe yes what he says a leaders gift is only as safe as the clarity that contains it your character exists to hold your gift it is only a safe as your character what you are now could be destroyed next week another one I thought was interesting and you'll find it in a new book I talk about this a leaders values are personal but they are never private I repeat as a leader your values are personal but they never private in leadership there's no distinction between your personal life and your public life we have this idea somehow it exists in our leadership psyche that what I do privately is no one's business it is everybody's business the minute you spend my tax money your private life is my business oh boy you know you hear stories of politicians going on vacation or going to a seminar somewhere and they spend $50,000 per weekend and now they are in jail but it was a private seminar your values are personal but they're not private I keep myself privately clean to protect my public life how about you because your private life can cancel your public life what are you doing right now that we don't know about that can destroy your future you came to this conference to cancel that behavior because you are too important to us to lose you the gift you have a survival that the world will be robbed by your private foolishness I need you to be faithful I need that because you are my friend every right go I carry all of you with me everywhere I go even in the dark I carry you with me because I say they trust me live with people's trust on your head so you can Karisma it's a dangerous thing write this down please people become leaders when they make the decision not to sacrifice their principles on the altar of convenience or compromise that's when a lead is born a lead is born when somebody captures a conviction that they refuse to compromise or absent leadership is born in other words the greatest leader of all times said these words what good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world and yet forfeits his soul and then he asks a question what would you give in exchange for what you could be gold with all that's ahead of you you've got another 20 years of greatness it could be cancelled in 20 seconds by a bad decision in the present I live in the present to protect the future and make decisions consciously with the future constantly on my mind I told the young people in our organization in our ministry for the last five associated look God always gives you instructions and if you obey them you are wise because all the laws of God are given to help you enjoy your memories please buy the CD just for that statement because you don't understand what I just said the laws of God are given to protect your memories and put another way before you make any decisions ask this simple question will I enjoy remembering this it's a tough question you know this woman ain't your wife she been calling you for the last five months and you got to the point where your weakness has grabbed ahold of your sanity and you bout to call her back on the Auditor in your mind calls you first on the phone of life and say will you enjoy remembering this you see there are people sitting right next to you who got memories they wish they could forget and it happened 15 years ago if you do right you'll enjoy your memories I was a virgin when I married my wife and so was she why what a wonderful memory what a memory not many live longer that joy made some dumb decisions don't add to the ones you hate to remember thank God for forgiveness you know the Bible is interesting book the Bible never says that you will forget them it says what God will forget them it didn't say you you can live with that God says as a dumb decision you make you live with that I'll forget them if you forgetfulness but you got your own ocean tell your neighbor if you won't enjoy it don't do it say it again if you won't enjoy remembering it don't do it look them in the eye just in case they think about doing something next week come on tell us if you don't even think about it is it enjoy your memories if you live right it is good stuff I want to give you them some things about character write this down character prevents a leader from hurting those around him write that down somewhere repeat that in a speech character does what prevents a leader from hurting those around him Wow oh what a beautiful thing if Tiger Woods are only thought my personal decision is my private he hurt millions of people including me sure he did I was so proud of this young man character is about protecting the people who trust you number two leaders influence the mindset of the followers therefore leaders influence the characteristics of the flock followers the last one is most important leaders influenced immorality the followers therefore leaders influence the destiny of the followers you can destroy people's destiny by your personal character default we must have leaders who protect the people by their character you know I'm good to talk about this in a meeting like this in a summit like this because you had people who believe the same thing so you got a support system here and I hope you come back every year thinking I'm going with my friends we are different breeder leaders we are the ones who set new standards we got to be found some people who believe you can live right and still become a billionaire clap loud leaders influence the destiny of followers you know the greatest leader ever live said these words if the blind lead the blind they don't go in different ditches they both fall into the ditch can I suggest to you you are going exactly where your leaders going you know some people ask me the strangest questions often they say dr. Monroe I know my past ain't living right but he's a good man and he's a good preacher what should I do leave the church yeah but he's my bishop and he was my daddy's bishop no wonder why your daddy did you don't cover for nobody did the blind lead you same destination there are some people who I could call a thousand names who are associated with and then I discovered something about their character I confront them I always do I confront them privately and they refuse to change I tell him I will never come back here again sometimes you notice I don't go to same place anymore it's because of the character discovery because I am NOT a ditch dweller they never I'm not a disbeliever I don't drown in ditches you're on your way to a ditch you go by yourself your destiny is tied to people's character write this down why character matters to you I want to this is the conclusion of this segment then I'm going to close a little bit on morality but let's write this down why character matters number one why does character matter I want everyone to get this CD please matter of fact these two CDs are the most important series you will have in your life for a while the one you very just now about this one thing what has powerful dark thank you so much whoa you got me hmm give another hand that's awesome stuff yeah write this down please why does character matter to you this is number one question here's the answer it matters to you because first of all character establishes and strengthens your inner life so that you are a person of integrity and honor number two why does it matter to you because it enables you to effectively fulfill your purpose and potential why does character matter to you number three because it protects your leadership and your vision it prevents you from canceling you know your vision and leadership permanently and enabling you to leave a legacy for your own generation and future generations character lives beyond you and that's why it is important to you it is important to you because it protects you and generations when my wife had my son and the doctor gave me the baby to hold I held this little boy in my hand and I'll never forget you know my wife and I talked about what we're going to name our son he's the one you saw standing next to me today that handsome fella and I said I'm going to give him my name but I had to think it through for a minute because I knew if I ever gave my son my name it will force me to live right otherwise he'll be cursed forever I want my son to enjoy being named miles I want him to go into the bank after I die and they say to him or you the other miles your father's name was good the only way I can do that is with my character because a good name is Benna and silver and gold protects generations second question why is character important to the world first to you but why is it important to the people around you number one because it is the key to inspirational leadership people need the encouragement and the influence of genuine leaders if they are to fulfill their own purpose and live peacefully and productive lives they need people with character around them to help them do that secondly it is safeguarding the well-being of those who are under the authority of leaders or are otherwise affected by leaders actions and influence that's why it's important to the world and thirdly why is character important to the world around you because then Able's leaders tool to build and maintain a healthy communication of communities around them while addressing critical problems with ethics and integrity you know it's very difficult for you to talk about stuff that you ain't doing now this is where we get into the moral force of leadership the moral force of leadership is character because character is the only thing that gives weight to your words your ways of no weight the weight of your words is in your character not your volume the weight of your words is in your character not in the size of the words you use the weight of your words are in your character not in the sophisticated sentences that you can complicate we put together how many times have you sat listening to a speaker and every word they spoke these councils in your mind because you know too much about them I wonder if people are canceling your words I live my life to make my words heavy I get down live your life in such a way that every word is heavy but I will give you even a better suggestion live your life in such a way that your silence is heavier than your words a person of character has a heavy silence it's a moral force never give an excuse for not trying to be perfect I'm going to say it again never give an excuse for not trying to be perfect I didn't say you're perfect but never give an excuse for not trying to be let your words be heavy that your character my heart is so heavy with this I look at this picture I love this picture Martin Luther King jr. two heavy words have you ever heard anywhere in history where people took a day to celebrate a man speech let me say it again this is this is unheard of in our times all over the world two months ago the whole world celebrate a man's speech there are millions of books on the shelves and normal celebrates them it wasn't as worried you see all of us can say I have a dream but we only remember one person who said it because his character made the words heavy how heavy are your words I've heard preachers preach out loud an attack against Unser did they turn it off why I know you man I knew that people shouting Amen after you they are so stupid some of them even know you I still say Amen I mean I'm like everybody's blind jesus said they both go into the ditch I'm really I'm not taking this lightly this is serious we your weight of your words is your character don't prepare a sermon prepare your life because your sermon is only as good as the light that backs it up your character gives your content weight this is this is what it's about man it's not about getting applause the people can clap for a musician or a magician you go to a circus you clap for a clown don't look now but there's one right behind you giving everybody character it's the moral force write this down please to educate a man in the mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society write that one down dog when I read it by the way this is my new book I had to put it in this is so powerful to educate a man's mind but not his morals makes him a menace to society that's why our crime rates are so high we're not educating people morally we tell them go to school and get an education but they don't get the right education we tell them how to make money but not how to spend it you tell them how to make friends but know how to make the right ones the moral force of leadership write this down please very important our people who values it's privileged above its principles soon loses both I repeat a people who values their privileges above their principles will soon lose both of them and we've seen it happen and it's happening again as a matter of fact I think those from the United States you are in danger because it seemed like your social compass your moral compass is going off the scale where you are so proud of your privilege on your right to be certain things you don't care about the principle behind it I've come to the conclusion then right I'm not always right and one of the greatest weaknesses of democracy is right not all rights are right you have a right to tell somebody a piece of your mind but is it right to tell them you have a right to sleep in who you want to but is it right to sleep with who you want to not all rights all right placement of character doesn't just pursue their rights they pursue its right and some time was right goes against the rights and I say to all politicians in this room you be careful of what rights you protect because your rights that you protect may be wrong there is a built-in morale monitor the crater put in every human being where they know what's wrong never ignore your moral compass you never win whatever you compromise the gains you will lose the story goes on doesn't it write this one down if an individual has strong values he doesn't need a lot of external laws or rules to govern his life the stronger your values the less laws you need you can tell when a country is dying the law books continue to grow the more laws you create is a sign that the country is disintegrating morally they made a law some years ago that a child could take their parents to court now that's a sign that that's that that society is about dead when the children can take their parents before a judge it's over and you put a law in the book when the government becomes the custodian of your own children and tell you how to correct them your society is dying your personal values have gone but I get hope you know the Global Leadership Summit is producing leaders over the last 20 years who are changing their countries man they are bringing back moral conscience into the social conversation they are bringing back moral sensitivity back to the political arena they bringing it back to the religious arena bringing it back to business I want you to leave here with such a power that your speech will be less and your impact will be more but a force and so I thought I would close on this woman again what makes this woman the perfect example of character here's why because the word character actually is defined in the simplistic term as fixed it means fixed it also means predictable when I did the research on this for this book which is over 12 years ago I began researching this I discovered that character it's very simple it simply means statue as the wonder why God causes worried statues same worried why cuz they don't change the word actually means set now that's the word that the contractors use you know the Masons use this when you have wet cement you know you kind of work it and then you let it set set means it's over its it's dry you can't play with it anymore that's the word used for character set let me ask you are you dry yet are you dry in the most important areas of your life where no one can play with you anymore sixth statue character also means image amazing word image famous statue an image set a person with character is fixed therefore character simply put is the quality which is unchanging that's what it means you are not for sale no one can play with you anymore you're dry are you dry when it comes to money are you fixed what we heard tonight was so important about obeying God it means that you were fixed on God's Word you don't compromise it for nothing including your best friends you fixed I like number two in my book I talk about this a lot it was a predictable the word character means predictable so I can talk about the woman downtown and I can say that she's sitting on a chair with a scepter in her hand and she's holding a law book she's smiling and she's wearing a robe and she's sitting down on the throne I can say that in absence why she's predictable I can tell you what she would say in a in her absence and you called her stupid I could tell you what she would say to you if you spit on her I will tell you what she would say to you and what she would do I know she'll do why she's fixed if it rains cats and dogs I can tell you exactly what she's doing if it rains I can predict what she does if there was hailstorm I can predict what she does if a pigeon sits on her head and leaves themselves I can predict without even being there when she would do if you tell her you hate the color of her skin how can I predict that she's fixed can I predict what you would do in every circumstance I mean if somebody offered you to pay off your mortgage if you just kind of wink at the invoice or give them give their company the contract I mean are you fixed are you still wrecked cement a person of character cannot be born let me just say something important if someone approaches you to do evil or to break a law it's already too late for you you are in trouble i'ma say it again if they approach you to break along I'll compromise a responsible position you are already in trouble because somehow your values were not loud enough your moral stand was so weak that they actually thought you would do it you are in trouble let it be said of you in your absence don't even acts her why I know her don't even go to him you waste your time with him why he is sick where is your character can they speak about you in your absence take this CD give it to your friends back home especially those in top dealership in your country because hey they were never taught in a session on gerotor and that's why we get policemen going to jail so just going to jail politicians go into jail preachers go into jail casters go into jail cop and exactly go into jail see you're going everybody's going to jail why because no one had taught them the most important part of leadership I'm never impressed by a man's title I'm never impressed by his position I'm never impressed by the way she's dressed I'm never impressed by him with money they have I'm never impressed by how well you preach how you speaking down I really don't care I want to know about your character [Applause] that's closest each one of these is called characters can you tell me why I look at them do you know why because they never change a is always a in any part of the world and a is a in the dark one and two is always one and two whether you are in China Asia Japan Bahamas or the United States or Canada the number doesn't change that's why they are called characters principals never change people think I'm a good teacher I'm not a good teacher I just have a good memory that's all I remember the principal if you want to be a great teacher just learn principles all my books are just principles that's why they have sold all over the world in every language 59 languages why because it doesn't matter what languages in or what country goes into principles are the same in every environment that's why character is simply living by principles we're ready tonight you never sacrifice your convictions for anything are you glad you came over here tonight all right we got to do a little bit of a classroom exercise read number one aloud everybody go 1 2 3 read character is a commitment to a set of values that are compromised number 2 character is dedication to a sense of standards without wavering number 3 character is self-imposed discipline in keeping with moral convictions number 4 character is a constant effort to integrate one's words deeds and action number 5 character is sacrifice for principles and number 6 character is integrity all right I got a lot more to say but we can pick up here and not listen to me the last word right the win integrity down I'll show you some integrity the word integrity is from the would integrate right the way to integrate down integrate means one it means one oh and E one okay I want to demonstrate this can I have one of you come here please yeah this comes come here if anyone is run quick can you come to me oh stand here okay stay stay right there stay right there okay you stand here face each other okay now I want to show you what integrity is which is the same as character okay this is the same person okay but they got two different lives this is Leo in the day this is Leo in the night they the same person I'm talking to a lot of people in this room most people struggle with these two persons after struggle we talking about this person shouts at this person all the time and this person shows that this person all the time and they try to tell each other what to do so a day this person says I'll take over in the day I'll show a certain lifestyle in the day then the night this person says I'll take over so you go to sleep I come alive after 9 o'clock in the night okay and you got these two diametrically opposed persons they are not one it's called hypocrisy it's called faking it it's called lying it's called false representation it is called a lack of integrity now here's what your goal in life does your exercise for the next 10 years your goal in life is to keep moving these two closer and close together so the space between them becomes less and less and they keep moving and the way you do this is you keep giving them one law to obey until they become so close the space between the two is almost canceled so that what you are in the day becomes exactly what you are in the night until eventually the two become one okay guys take it easy we don't want what this so that whatever we see now or later is the thing so that when you see the person turn back-to-back energy if you get enough when you see this person anywhere you see them in the night in the day in a in a meeting discussing a contract on a trip by themselves or their wives wherever you see them do the same and whatever they say cover the same mouth whatever they do is with the same body so what they say and what they do and how they think and what they believe is one it is called integrity and so it shall be said what you see is what you get if you don't like him he doesn't change he's the same yesterday today and forever thank you very much this is integrity thank you once again for listening to this message as we hope that it has been a blessing to you our goal is to show you new paths and opportunities so that you can discover your purpose it is your love support and partnership that makes Munroe Global possible please visit us online at

Maurice Vega

30 Responses

  1. I am hoping and aiming all his books are available in the Philippines. He died but his influence to others are growing which is a true leader on earth. Praise God and all glory to you God alone!

  2. Dr Myles Munroe has been my mentor and teacher since 2008, and since then my life is transformed through his teachings and his interactions with his family

  3. Got so blessed and received so much wisdom and insight from this great man of God. I am energised and inspired to serve the world of my gift and potential through understanding the role of character. I have been listening to Dr. Myles ever since I was a teenager and I am forever grateful to God for him.

  4. Thank You God For allowing us to enjoy Dr Myles Munroe who is truly your image and likeness. What an example!!! Amazing teachings.

  5. bro!!!! I'm tired of this people who manage this accounts !!! trying to make money with all this ads, the only thing that you guys getting it's let's traffic on you're channel ..

    please stop doing that..
    & let the message get to everyone out there free without letting the enemy mix between the good message of God …..

  6. I Love it, I am just found this Man of God, and realize He is gone, RIP Dr. Myles Munroe.
    I really blessed with this man of God.
    I am as a young generation in my country, Timor Leste, I study and listen to His sermon as a spiritual guide line for my life.
    thanks God for sending Dr. Myles Munroe to this world.

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