Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote his name in golden letters in history as the visionary leader who changed American culture and mentality forever. His speeches are not only a legacy of world oratory, but also a source of inspiration for many people working in the media, politics, business, industry, etc.
King's leadership lessons are just as important and current to entrepreneurs today.
orfully engage in your cause
King was a visionary. He was a man who had a bigger dream than the time in which he lived. This is, after all, what true visionary leaders have. His speech "I have a dream" brought humanity to the national consciousness of civil rights in America.
King's stance on political activism in a non-violent manner made him a natural leader and an inspiring figure. He led a social equality movement at a time when he was not supported by the majority. In fact, he was threatened and despised by many. But he remained committed to the vision he believed in. Unfortunately his leadership style and his dream cost him his life.
Even though he knew his cause was unpopular and his life was in danger, King remained committed to his vision. He was arrested at least 25 times.
Are you showing some kind of total commitment to your cause? I'm not saying you should be arrested, but do you have a high level of intensity and commitment to your work? If so, you are on the right track.
Breaking the status quo is essential for change
King's name and work are revered in the world today, but he and his ideas were not embraced by society during his short life. However, King knew that his dream of equality (even when equality was not popular) was more important than the status quo. His actions supported his vision and he "shocked" the prevailing popular culture of the time. Sometimes doing completely different things is what is needed for evolution and innovation.
Create a dream… then make it public and work for it
"I am delighted to join you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration of freedom in the history of our nation," King said as he began his speech at the Washington Monument. These were loud words for a leader to proclaim to an audience of over 250,000 people. But King had a dream and he could not be silent about it.
How effective is a dream if you do not communicate it? Do you have a vision for your company? If so, talk about how your actions, campaigns, and products support that vision.
King's actions made him one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century, Time magazine's "Man of the Year" in 1963 and a Nobel Peace Prize winner in 1964. How do you plan to turn your dream into reality? ?