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    Martin Luther King
  • Martin Luther King Jr. has now been dead longer than he lived. But what an extraordinary life
    it was. At 33, he was pressing the case of civil rights with President John Kennedy. At 34, he
    galvanized the nation with his "I Have a Dream" speech. At 35, he won the Nobel Peace Prize.
    At 39, he was assassinated, but he left a legacy of hope and inspiration that continues today.
  • Martin Luther King is probably the most famous person associated with the civil rights movement.
    King was active from the start of the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955 to 1956 until his murder in
    April 1968. To many Martin Luther King epitomized what the civil rights campaign was all about
    and he brought massive international cover to the movement. Here are his 8 Leadership lessons :
  • Lesson 1 : Great leaders do not sugar-coat reality. 
    Great leaders do not fool themselves or try to sugar coat problems. Dr. King did not pull any punches.
    He faced the most brutal facts of his current reality. Great leaders maintain unwavering faith that the
    company can and will prevail, regardless of present difficulties, and at the same time have the
    discipline to confront the most brutal facts of the company’s current reality. 
    “But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free.” 
  • “One hundred years
    later, the Negro is still
    languished in the
    corners of American
    society and finds
    himself an exile in his
    own land. And so
    we’ve come here
    today to dramatize a
    shameful condition.”
  • Lesson 2 : Great leaders engage the heart. 
    Give people a sense that they are already part of the way towards success instead of starting at
    ground zero. Remind them of past successes and encourage them that they are bigger than the
    change. Make the change itself smaller so that it doesn’t feel as overwhelming. By making the
    person feel bigger and the change smaller, they are more likely to succeed.
  • “It is obvious today that America has defaulted on
    this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of
    color are concerned. Instead of honoring this
    sacred obligation, America has given the Negro
    people a bad check, a check which has come back
    marked ‘insufficient funds.’”
  • Lesson 3 : Great leaders refuse to accept the status quo.
    The great leaders are not passive; they are active. They are unwilling to acquiesce to their circumstances.  They must make sure that they are active participants in the Society.  They must rise to the call for leadership, seek information on influential positions to bring positive change, and provide great input. 
  • “But we refuse to believe
    that the bank of justice is
    bankrupt. We refuse to
    believe that there are
    insufficient funds in the
    great vaults of opportunity
    of this nation. And so we
    have come to cash this
    check, a check that will
    give us upon demand
    the riches of freedom and
    the security of justice.”
  • Lesson 4 : Great leaders create a sense of urgency. 
    Most everything in life works to slow us down, unless we are consciously doing things to speed
    us back up. As the great leaders, they must create the sense of urgency to keep things moving forward. They refuse to just sit by and let things take their natural course. They have a sense of urgency and communicate it. 
  • “Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy.
    Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice.
    Now is the time to lift our nation from the quick sands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood.
    Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.
    It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment.”
  • Lesson 5 : Great leaders call people to act in accord with their highest values. 
    It would be easy for the civil rights movement to change tactics and resort to violence. Some did. However, like Nelson Mandela did when he became president of South Africa, Dr. King called his people to a higher standard.
  • “We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.”
  • Lesson 6 : Great leaders refuse to settle. 
    It would have been easy for Dr. King to negotiate a compromise, to settle for less than his vision demanded. But he was stubborn—in a good sense. He persisted, and he called his followers to persevere.
  • “No, no, we are not satisfied and we
    will not be satisfied until justice rolls
    down like waters and righteousness
    like a mighty stream.”
  • Lesson 7 : Great leaders acknowledge the sacrifice of their followers. 
    To lead is to put others and their needs before yourself; to be a good leader, you must consider the good of the many over the good of one. At the same time the great leaders notice the effort their people have expended. They verbalize and affirm it.
  • “You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to
    work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive.”
  • Lesson 8 : Great leaders paint a vivid picture of a better tomorrow. 
    Leaders can never, never, never grow weary of articulating their vision. They must be clear and concrete. They have to help their followers see what they see.
  • “I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord
    shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.”
  • Take your time in reading them. Inwardly digest them. Chew on them. Be challenged by them. Don’t discard them, but simply ask yourself ‘what is the lesson I have just learned from Dr. King’ once you have read them. Read them more than once. Seek to understand. It will change forever the way you understand Martin Luther King’s thoughts & lessons.
  • “Darkness cannot drive out
    darkness; only light can do
    that. Hate cannot drive out
    hate; only love can do that.”
    Thank You Very Much
    Sompong Yusoontorn