MLK and Leadership
On this day that we recognize Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I can’t help but to reflect on his natural leadership. He was an inspiring activist, deeply committed to his values and visions, even though they weren't popular.
Oh, man, did he have a way with words. His prose reads like poetry - motivational and empowering. I can only imagine the impact his speeches had when delivered. His quotes are strewn about our Facebook pages today…not often enough in my opinion.
Some of my favorites include:
- “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
- “I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
- “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
- “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”
- "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"
These quotes speak for themselves and yet speak to us individually. Regardless of the circumstance under which his words were written and delivered, they can be applied in a variety of contexts.
His words inspire me to reflect on one of my goals for the year, which is to model leadership. While I’m far from the likes of Dr. King, I can lead from where I stand and still make a difference. I strive to make a meaningful impact on the world, even if my contribution in particular is just to or for a handful of people. My hope is that my choices and leadership will inspire others to act in kind, thereby having a ripple affect upon the world.
How will you choose to lead from where you stand?
Be open to what comes.