King pointed to the top of the mountain and we ran up.
John Legend, “Glory” From the Motion Picture, Selma.
There are only three types:
The best leader inspires the third type of follower. They are able to tap into the heart of a project and turn it into a benefit for the whole.
Martin Luther King Jr. was exactly that type of leader.
His followers could have responded with apathy (“I’m marching with my buddies for civil rights”) or passion (“I’m marching for a more just America”) to his call for action.
Understanding how you fit in the overall project vision will help people perform better. This is why Martin Luther King Jr. has become a legend and is an inspiration for inspirational leadership.
It is clear that Dr. King used four strategies to keep his followers interested and enthusiastic when he was researching his life.
Focus on the bigger vision.
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Now is the right time to make justice a reality in the lives of all God’s children.
Martin Luther King Jr., as he was best known for his “I Have a Dream” speech, was a master at crafting a vision and inspiring his followers. He appealed for higher ideals to inspire the doer and charm the dreamer. Dr. King’s overarching goal was equality.
Although Dr. King relied heavily on rhetoric to communicate his vision for the country, project managers can use a variety tools to highlight the importance of the projects they’re working on. To show how each project contributes to your company’s success, create plans. Incorporate performance appraisal software into project success.
You can take a step back from the details of building a new system or designing a new building, and ask yourself: What does this project teach you? How will this project benefit my company How will this project benefit my local community? You can inspire your team by focusing on the larger role your project plays in your life and in the lives of those around you.
A vision that is both grounded in reality and worthy of investment should be yours.
Let me suggest an avocation that can be pursued in conjunction with any career you choose, whether it is a doctor, lawyer, or teacher. Be a committed fighter for civil rights. Make it a priority in your life. It will make you a better physician, a better lawyer, and a better teacher.
Martin Luther King Jr. didn’t start his career preaching about dreams and mountain tops. Instead, he shared a sober assessment about the American mindset and the perils facing black Americans. He clearly outlined the steps needed to reach his goals (e.g. ending employment discrimination, equal voter registration, and ending racial disparity in public schools) and linked these ideas with greater values (e.g. “love,” “equality,” or “justice”.
This made it easier for the majority-white American public to accept specific policy goals. He had specific goals that were tied to a higher purpose. His presentation helped his cause reach unlikely white influences (like Jews or Mormons) to influence public opinion towards black rights.
Although project managers may have grand dreams for their company and their teams, they must ensure that their vision is realized. As part of a larger scope management plan, it is important to establish a scope baseline before you start a project. Consistent communication and collaboration will keep your stakeholders involved in your project. Communicate why you believe your project is worth the investment at every stage of the process.
Encourage your team to take action.
I am aware that some of you have been through great trials and tribulations. Some of you are fresh out of narrow jail cells. Some of you are from areas where your search for freedom left you vulnerable to the storms of persecutions, stabbings, and other hardships.