Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. And His Influence On The American Civil Rights Movement

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When talking about leadership, I would think of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his influences on the American civil rights movement. His famous speech – “I have a dream” is one of the most compelling in all times. The speech was powerful because it was simple and brought out a clear and focused theme. The audiences’ emotion was agitated instantly by his speech. And the reaction and impact were enormous. Of course, leadership is not only about powerful speeches, but involves the leaders’ characteristics and their abilities to influence others.
I have observed during the study of the six aspects of being a leader. They are 1) pinpointing the problem, 2) having a clear vision, 3) strong persuasion skill, 4) willing to fight and sacrifice, 5) truthful, and 6) not easy to give up. Persuading for change in concept, promoting new direction and ideal, and motivating for action of change are essential for all leadership.
Northouse defines leadership is a process whereby an individual influences a group of individuals to achieve a common goal.
In Kouzers and Posner’s view, leadership is to mobilize others to get extraordinary things done; and it is not about personality but it’s about behavior.
From Robert E. Quinn’s argument, every one of us has the capacity to transform our organizations into more positive, productive communities. However, most of us spend most of our time in the normal state in which we tend to be comfort-centered, externally driven, self-focused, and internally…
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