Martin Luther King as a Leader

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This essay would seek so examine how Dr. Martin Luther King is seen as a great leader and how his leadership style can be compared or contrasted with the leadership style of Nelson Mandela. Born on January 15th 1929, Martin Luther King was an American activist and also a leader in the African American Civil Rights Movement between 1955 and 1968, this was a movement which aimed to outlaw racial discrimination against African Americans and give them the right to vote, he is most famous for his ‘I Have A Dream’ speech at a civil rights march in 1963.

What was the nature and circumstances of the leadership task(s)? 1. Did the leader(s) encounter any difficulties/challenges? If yes, what were they? 2. How would you describe the leader(s) approach to leadership? You must use relevant theory here. In discussing traits and personal characteristics, it is important to identify Kings struggle with anger. Although it could be said that he was provoked on numerous occasions, for example, being constantly threatened and arrested by the police and even by his fellow black leaders who wanted to be more aggressive in their protest, he tamed his anger channelling it to a greater purpose of becoming a herald of peace for the fight against racial discrimination, he said "The supreme task [of a leader] is to organize and unite people so that their anger becomes a transforming force." (freedomway magazine 1968), he 3. How was their leadership perceived by others?

4. Did the leader(s) reach an acceptable outcome? Discuss.
5. How could the leader(s) have improved their performance?
Nelson Mandela is perhaps the greatest living leader
6. How are their leadership styles similar to Nelson Mandela, and how are their leadership styles different? Nelson Mandela is perhaps the greatest living leader
7. What lessons from the leader(s) can you take away to inform your own development as a leader? From Martin Luther King shows that as a leader it is important to be more active than...
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