Leadership Lessons of Martin Luther King, Jr.

On the birthday of one of history’s great inspirational figures, it’s a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the leadership lessons of Martin Luther King, Jr.Many things have been written about his leadership, but my personal favorites are:

Many things have been written about his leadership, but my personal favorites are:

1. Know your “why.”
King didn’t deliver the “I have a Plan” speech, he delivered the “I have a Dream” speech. As leadership guru, Simon Sinek, famously says, “People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.” King was a master at communicating his “why” to the world.

2. Embrace your fear.
One of Martin Luther King’s greatest strengths was his ability to openly share his fears–and to face them. He was afraid before many speeches, but said, “if you’re not afraid, you’re not engaged…face your fears.” This emboldened his followers and helped him (and them) persevere. Wise advice for facing change — be it organizational or societal.

3. Encourage involvement.
People — your employees and groups — want to be part of something greater than themselves. King was often heard to say, ”people derive inspiration from involvement.” A good reminder to those of us who seek to motivate others.A great book to learn more about the leadership genius of this iconic man is ”

A great book to learn more about the leadership genius of this iconic man is “Martin Luther King Jr. On Leadership-Inspiration and Wisdom for Challenging Times.”

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