Inspiration and lessons for your leadership journey!
“This call for a worldwide fellowship that lifts neighborly concern beyond one's tribe, race, class, and nation is in reality a call for an all-embracing – embracing and unconditional love for all mankind.
Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Amazing how words from nearly fifty years ago can ring so true today and in so many contexts. Reverend King spoke in opposition to the Vietnam War. I read the opening quote at my daughter’s and new son-in-law’s wedding just three weeks ago. It’s included as part of Chapter 5, A Path of Love, in A Travel Guide to Leadership. And today, I use it to challenge you (and myself) as a leader.
The creative energy of love is not weak and sentimental. On the contrary, as Reverend King tells us, it is a force – a unifying force – that is the supreme principle of life. You can read all over the web about leadership power, team-building, collaboration, recognition, and employee engagement, these days. How rarely you hear them talk about love as the ultimate means to business goals. But it is.
When you use the creative energy force of love in your leadership, you have made a giant step towards a more profound and sublime power on your journey.
I want you to take just a few minutes and listen to and read along an expanded version of Dr. King’s opening quote given at Riverside Church in New York City exactly one year before his assassination. The link is below. I want you to spend some time today reflecting on love, those you lead, and how you can change or adapt your expression of love as a leader.
If you’re really industrious, you can re-read Chapter 5 or I’ve also provided you with a second link that contains the entire audio and text of the speech, if you’d like the full, broad spectrum of impact from the speech.
Have an amazing journey today!
Bonus Audio/Text #1
An excerpt from: A Time to Break Silence
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Bonus Audio/Text #2
A Time to Break Silence
Full speech and text Delivered 4 April 1967, Riverside Church, New York City
© Copyright 2001-2011. American Rhetoric.
This Week's Affirmations
(Repeat these quietly to yourself multiple times throughout the day.)
I can lead the way in a revolution of values.
My love is a unifying force with everyone I meet today!
My love unifies my team (class, church, family, etc.)!
My love unlocks the door to ultimate reality!
I am a loving leader!
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Have an amazing journey today!
Alan Mikolaj is a a professional, experienced, positive, and passionate speaker, leadership and organizational development consultant, change agent, author, and coach. He holds his Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Sam Houston State University. He is a certified graduate coach from Coaching Out of the Box and holds his ACC and membership with the International Coaching Federation (ICF).
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