5 Convictions of an Exponential Leader

In August of 2013 I heard Oscar Muriu give one of the best leadership talks at the Global Leadership Summit. He explained the power of exponential leadership better than I'd ever heard it. I came across my notes from that talk and wanted to share.

1. The size of your harvest depends on how many leaders you have. 

Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Matthew 9:37-38 
  • The harvest is plentiful
  • The more harvesters we commission the greater the harvest.
  • Jesus' strategy was to first find His leaders.
  • He didn't' throw himself into the work, He developed leaders
  • If you don't have leaders around you, your influence will only stretch to your own personal capacity.
  • Your legacy is not how hard you worked, it's how many leaders you raised up.

2. Don't live just for your generation.

Even when I am old and gray,do not forsake me, my God,till I declare your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come. Psalm 71:18 
  • You have to instill your vision into the next generation.
  • Pour your best energy into the next generation.
  • We must surround ourselves with the next generation of leaders.
  • We must build a leadership engine that lives on after us.

3. Identify the budding leaders around you and take them to the Lord in prayer.

The Lord said to Moses: “Bring me seventy of Israel’s elders who are known to you as leaders and officials among the people. Have them come to the tent of meeting, that they may stand there with you. Numbers 11:16 
  • Pray that God would put the DNA of our spirit on the leaders around us.
  • some of your best leaders are right under your nose.
  • We must believe in raising up sons and daughters in our God-given vision.

4. Instill the five loves into your budding leaders.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these.” 
“Well said, teacher,” the man replied. “You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” Mark 12:30-33
  • Loving the Lord with all your heart is a matter of character.
  • Loving the Lord with all your soul is a matter of conviction.
  • Loving the Lord with all your mind is a matter of comprehension.
  • Loving the Lord with all your strength is a matter of competence.
  • Loving your neighbor is a matter of compassion

5. Never do ministry alone. Always have leaders around you.

When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. Acts 4:13 
  • To be alone is to waste an opportunity to mentor a young leader.
  • Immerse young leaders in your leadership opportunities.


Which of these 5 convictions compels you the most?