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I Have a Dream. Do You? 8 Leadership Lessons from Martin Luther King, Jr.

1/20/15 2:00 PM

This blog was written by Karen Bullard, Founder of Power of Purpose for Leaders

In honor of the first holiday of 2018 – Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, do you …

  • Remember when holidays were recognized and celebrated on the actual day?

  • Remember when holidays were not commercialized?

  • Remember when holidays were not associated with huge sales throughout the extended weekend? 

I barely do.  It saddens me to see television ads for the MLK Weekend sales during almost every commercial break when I have a difficult time finding much mention of the great things that he did for us and our world.  If I’m lucky, I might find a documentary on a PBS station.

Why is this?  Why do we let ourselves get so caught up in being so busy that we don’t think about what the holiday really means?

As we determine our 2018 resolutions, let’s add another.  Let’s resolve to…

  • Take a time out each holiday to remember its true meaning, and

  • Learn from those who shaped our world.

My dream is that we will do this – starting with me.  My dream is that we will remember what our great leaders did as change agents.  My dream is that we will reflect upon why our great leaders clung on to their values and purpose without backing down.  My dream is that we will allow these teachings to change our perspective and heighten our sense of purpose.

Michael Hyatt wrote this blog in 2010 that extracts eight leadership lessons from Dr. King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream Speech”.  It’s as relevant today as it was then – it’s timeless.  Eight Leadership Lessons from Martin Luther King, Jr.

Let’s remember.  Let’s reflect.  Let’s go forth with renewed purpose.  Let’s do this!  That is my dream.  What’s yours?

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Topics: Leadership

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Joanne Flynn

In 2014, Joanne Flynn founded Phoenix Strategic Performance, a strategic human capital advisory firm. Prior to this, Joanne was Vice President at Goldman Sachs for 10 years responsible for global learning and development. She then led the consulting practice of Phoenix Group International, a consulting firm specializing in global financial service. Joanne is now taking best practices from the people-intensive financial services industry and adapting those best practices to startup and growth businesses. She is a thought leader in the areas of strategic organizational alignment, organizational agility, human capital gap analysis, leadership challenges for the new workplace and transformation leadership.

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