What made Cesar Chavez an effective leader?
Many individuals have attempted to start a union for farm workers. The only one to succeed, however, was Cesar Chavez. He was a man with great qualities. He had a clear goal, courage, he was willing to sacrifice and he was for the people and with the people. Cesar Chavez was an effective leader because he was for the people, practiced non-violent protest, and boycotted the grape industry.
“Si se puede – It can be done!” was what Cesar Chavez said to the people. Many believed that it was impossible for Chavez to create a union for farm workers since others had failed. But others didn’t have a clear goal as Chavez did. He put the people first and he was for them. He provided housing for them and most staff including Chavez himself, got $7.50 a week for food and $5.00 for additional expenses (Doc. B). He recruited people to join the union and to make it a successful union. He was willingly getting money to get things done for others and that’s what a true leader is about!
“I am convinced that the truest act of courage, the strongest act of manliness, is to sacrifice ourselves for others in a totally nonviolent struggle for justice. To be a man is to suffer for others. God help us to be men.” Chavez believed that the best way to protest is to do it nonviolently. He was willing to sacrifice himself and went on a 25-day hunger strike.
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