HE ENVISIONS THE FUTURE
Dr. King didn’t just say that we needed equality and civil rights. He didn't simply leave it an abstraction.
He said, “…one day on the Red Hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.”
“…my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
Through these powerful words, Martin Luther King Jr. described a specific vision of the future, which is also something that you can picture.
That's a very powerful method because you want people to have that sense of what they're working towards, and what the end goal is, and what that could look like.
As a transformational leader in business, you can apply that same technique to the transformation you are working towards.
At the end of his I Have a Dream speech, Dr. King concludes by connecting all that he shared back to the fact that this isn't just something for black people, but for everybody else as well.
When trying to drive change, show how what you are proposing benefits everybody—customers, employees, top management, the board of directors, and investors.
This is a positive ecosystem of change you're creating, and there’s something to benefit everyone within the company.
I want to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was an amazing and inspiring pastor, civil rights leader, and even a martyr. who was born on January 15. I think his words are a great source of inspiration to each and every one of us today, tomorrow, and in the future.
I encourage everyone to read Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 's I Have a Dream speech. It’s an extremely powerful and inspiring piece. You can access the full transcript of the speech here.