The past two years I have written blog posts to highlight Martin Luther King's birthday and his amazing leadership.
He was a leader who didn't need a formal position to lead. He led a movement of people passionate about a cause, and he did that with integrity and influence.
This past year I read the book titled, Martin Luther King on Leadership by Donald Phillips. It's a pretty good book that tells the biography of MLK while highlighting his leadership influence and principles. The most amazing thing I learned is that MLK was depressed at times. And several other times he considered quiting the Civil Rights Movement.
The stress, pressure, and unsafety he experienced really wore him down. Even though he was extremely passionate about the Civil Rights Movement, he almost gave it all up. However, millions of people are grateful today that he didn't. And I believe our country is better because of what he did and the movement he led.
To honor Martin Luther King, Jr. on his birthday, I'd like to share with you some of my favorite leadership quotes from him.
Enjoy. . .
Even if the world ends tomorrow, I will plant my seed today.
A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.1
All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.1
At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love.1
Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.1
Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.1
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.2
1 Adapted from brainyquote.com
2 Adapted from inspirational-quotes.info