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What can we learn from Martin Luther King, Jr.?

What does leadership look like to you?

Leadership can look like many things.  What does it take to be a great leader?  There are many great leaders around the world, but the recent events around the country has me thinking about one in particular: Martin Luther King, Jr.  I believe it is very important for our country to remember his leadership style during these tough times.  In the #CJJblog this week, I give you some things that I learned from MLK on leadership.  Enjoy.

  • Conflict is good, but destruction is not.  MLK was able to change the world without violence.
  • Moral compass. He always did the right thing, or at least made a concerted effort to.  Do you think everyone in the country is acting in that manner?
  • MLK was one of the greatest communicators ever.  He would inspire others with not only his words, but his action as well.
  • As motivational as he was, MLK was also willing to listen and take feedback from others.  How do you respond to feedback?  Are you accepting of it?
  • Lead by example. He was always in the front lines, leading others toward a common goal.  His actions promoted equality through non-violent acts, which makes his accomplishments that much more impressive.
  • Treat others right. For those of you who read this blog consistently, you know I always preach treating others better than you expect to be treated.  Martin Luther King, Jr. was the epitome of this as everyone he came across was treated with respect and dignity.
  • He was also able to accept responsibility for his actions and never point the finger at others.  Does your authenticity always show in your actions?

Did You Know?  Coach Jim Johnson recommends the book “Martin Luther King, Jr., on Leadership” by: Donald Phillips and his favorite MLK quote is: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

Life Tip #8:  Treat people better than you expect to be treated

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