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Martin Luther King Jr. v2
January 17, 2016

Martin Luther King Jr.

A genuine leader is not a searcher of consensus but a molder of consensus.

Martin Luther King Jr.

1964 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Martin Luther King Jr. or MLK, as other would refer to him, was a true hero of the African-American citizens as he had a pivotal role in abolishing the legal segregation between the whites and African-Americans. He was also known as one of the greatest leaders in the United States of America. He galvanized the creation of Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act in 1964 and 1965, respectively. His great influence were the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi, specifically on his pursuit to a peaceful revolution. He was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia and was assassinated in April 4, 1968. It was told that the day before he died, he told his friends that he had seen the promise land but he may not get there with them.

MLK Speaking
Speaking at a Freedom Rally, Washington Temple Church, 1962 (Photo by:

Martin Luther King Jr. certainly motivated the people to join him through his famous and powerful speech, “I Have a Dream“. A dream or a vision must be one of our foundations as leaders. Everything is created twice. First in our minds and second, by our hands or words or action.

If you do not have a well-defined or vivid vision on how you want the end should look like, then you will just aim at anything and will settle for anything that will fall on your lap. Your people will be like zombies wandering aimlessly if their leader does not have a clear direction. You will also waste so much time trying everything that comes your way.

If you did have a vision on how the outcome will be then why are you still not there? Perhaps there is an urgent need to  communicate the vision to your people. Let them know why achieving the goal, as a team, would be good not just for the orgnization but for each individual. To influence the people to believe in the dream guarantees success.

Attributes: Great Communicator, Passionate, Fearless, Visionary, Valor


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Fran Saguindang Riego de Dios, MS has been in training and leadership development for more than a decade now. In earning her Master of Science in Biology degree, she joined the College of Science and Mathematics faculty of MSU-IIT and published her studies in Asia Life and Philippine Scientists Journals. For her, moving into the corporate world felt odd at first but with the scientific method and discipline in her backpack, it has become a fulfilling experience. You may also visit her personal Science Blog Site at Live Well. She also enjoys music (sings and plays the piano) and art (portrait sketch).
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