Last year I wrote this post honoring the leadership of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Recently I read a book outlining more of who he was as a leader entitled, Martin Luther King, Jr., on Leadership: Inspiration and Wisdom for Challenging Times by Donald Phillip.
After reading the book there were a few more distinctions I've made about the amazing leadership qualities of Dr. King.
Here they are:
- Communication – He prepared and worked extremely hard to communicate effectively and passionately. He was known to be very serious when we spoke, but always had a message that was uplifting, inspiring and full of vision for a greater America where blacks enjoyed equal rights.
- Consensus – He was known well for building consensus with people in all walks of life.
- Passion – He was in the front lines of many of the protests, marches, sit ins, and stand ins that took place during the social rights movements.
- Sacrifice – He often had to sacrifice his own safety and the safety of his family in order to lead the civil rights movement. That sacrifice ultimately led to his own death.
On this day that we honor and remember Martin Luther King, Jr. Let us remember him not just for what he did while alive, but for the picture of what a true leader should look like.