Friday, January 18, 2013

Remembering the Dream

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Michael Hyatt wrote a great piece on Martin Luther King, Jr. titled "Eight Leadership Lessons from Martin Luther King, Jr." in which he presents what he believes King's "I Have a Dream" speech provides insights into what it takes to be a truly great leader. Be sure to watch the video and then reflect upon how do you measure up to Hyatt's eight characteristics?
  1. Great leaders do not sugar-coat reality.
  2. Great leaders engage the heart.
  3. Great leaders refuse to accept the status quo.
  4. Great leaders create a sense of urgency.
  5. Great leaders call people to act in accord with their highest values.
  6. Great leaders refuse to settle.
  7. Great leaders acknowledge the sacrifice of their followers.
  8. Great leaders paint a vivid picture of a better tomorrow.

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