Our world is filled with many successful leaders. The gift of being a leader can be learned; however some individuals have a natural born talent to be a leader. Each leader has his or her own unique leadership style. The gift of being a leader can be learned. Certain individuals are born with a charismatic style and can easily be a leader. A successful leader is one who can inspire and motivate people towards a goal. Martin Luther King Jr. was an individual with a born gift to lead people. The following paper will discuss how Martin Luther King Jr. was able to inspire and motivate people with his effective leadership style.
Martin Luther King Jr.’s leadership style
Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) is most known for his efforts for the civil rights movement in the 1960s. Martin Luther King Jr.’s leadership style is best described as charismatic. Charismatic leadership style is one based on personal qualities such as charm, persuasiveness, personal power, self-confidence, extraordinary ideas, and strong convictions ( Decker & Sullivan, 2009). MLK was one who could inspire, empower, and motivate people like no other. King was one of history's most influential leaders of racial justice. King organized marches, speeches, and much more to motivate the Africans of America to fight for their rights. MLK had a way with words. He spoke eloquently and would get people on board and able to follow him to pursue a better outcome. MLK allows promoted nonviolence. His political philosophy and strong beliefs helped lead our nation to the racial justice we have today.
MLK is described as a man who was generally quiet and listened attentively as others talked. Ling (2002) states, “King had a remarkable ability to get people who would otherwise be constantly feuding to work together”. The key to a successful leader is bringing people together. King was able to bring...