Leadership Thought #367 – Be Authentic and Honest In Your Communication
Donald T. Phillips, in his book, Martin Luther King on Leadership, does an impressive job of providing significant details as to why Martin Luther King (MLK) was a great leader. We often focus on the rhetoric and powerful speeches that he gave, but there is so much more substance to the man than just what he had to say. Many civil rights leaders were talented with their rhetoric, but only one had the full package of leadership skills to profoundly change a nation’s attitudes and its laws. I took away the following points from Phillip’s book about MLK and his gifts as a leader:
I have always believed that the United States has been blessed with incredible leaders at certain points in our history. Martin Luther King is certainly a prime example of this. At a time when our country was in social and political disarray and struggling to come to grips with our past, present, and uncertain future, he stood up and led us in a way we needed to be led. He pushed our nation to reexamine and live up to our core principles and values. He appealed to our better natures, both individually and collectively. He was the rare breed of nonviolent revolutionary who ended up sacrificing his own life for a cause he deemed greater than himself. We are all fortunate today that he was such an exceptional leader at a critical time in our history.