M&M Monday

M&M Monday: Dr. King on Leadership

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

On some positions a coward has asked the question is it safe?  Expediency asks the question, is it politic?  Vanity asks the question, is it popular?  But conscience asks the question is it right?  And there comes a time when one must take the position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.

~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

(follow link & scroll down to the bottom to hear an audio clip of Dr. King speaking this quote at the Nov. 1967, National Labor Leadership Assembly for Peace)

Are you a molder of consensus in your organization, or do you just seek the safest path, the path of least resistance, or the most popular?

Whatever the next challenge you face, be it in business or your personal life, think of Dr. King’s words and do the thing that your conscience tells you is right.

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