Leadership Assignment

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INTRODUCTION: Up to now, the world has embraced its treasure of a list of many famous and effective leaders who majorly changed and greatly devoted to the development of mankind. In this paper, I will choose Martin Luther King Jr and Sam Walton as the two examples to analyze, compare and contrast, in order to have a more thorough and deep understanding of their leadership styles and, therefore, present my opinion on choosing the more effective leader. This paper will include a short summary of typical life events of the two leaders and analysis of some similarities and differences between them. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR (1929-1968) Martin Luther King Jr. was born in 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. He was the son of a Baptist minister. He grew up…show more content…
He was consistently reluctant to sever or sour relations with anyone who might help the cause. This was particularly important because a by-product of racism was a pronounced tendency to factionalism inside the black community. King became the vital centre – a point of balance and unity” (Ling, 2003). Martin’s transformational leadership also reflects in his dare to question the status-quo and takes the risk to venture into un-chartered territories. This can be considered as one of the defining characteristics of real leaders. While Martin walked the talk by travelling six millions miles to deliver his speech, Sam Walton showed his appreciation for what the followers did by often visiting Wal-Mart stores across the country to meet with them. He chose not to sit behind a desk but rather walking around on the floor with his fellow associates, whether it is in stores or in distribution centers as well. A leader “keeps people focused on moving the organization toward its ideal future, motivating them to overcome whatever obstacles lie in the way” (Bateman & Snell, 2009), Sam not only talked of his vision, he lived it himself and shared his belief, passion and vision with all the employees in the organization. According to Michael Bergdahl (2006), Sam is a person who never gives up, and optimistic. He didn’t start off with the ambition to be rich, he just followed his dream and devoted to his business, and at each point of time he
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