Leadership lessons from Martin Luther King, Jr.

Photograph of the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was  a young man when he died at the age of 39 on April 4, 1968. He lived a purpose-filled life as an advocate for civil rights and was a masterful, inspirational speaker.

Today, we continue to strive for a better life, workplace, community, and world. Some insights towards that end may be found in these lessons shared by MLK more than 45 years ago.

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Transcript of this presentation

  1. Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.
  2. Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.
  3. Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.
  4. The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically…Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.
  5. Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
  6. Returning violence for violence multiples violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars… Have cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.
  7. We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
  8. The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformist who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.
  9. When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative.
  10. In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
  11. Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’
  12. The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

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