The ‘King’ of creativity

Posted on January 19, 2009



People are often lead to causes and often become committed to great ideas through persons who personify those ideas. They have to find the embodiment of the idea in flesh and blood in order to commit themselves to it”     Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today we celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. His commitment and sacrifice to the Civil Rights movement has made a profound impact on history and on all of mankind. While he is known for many traits, I would like to focus on his creativity.

The 60s was a turbulent time for our country filled with unrest, violence, and change. Traditionalism held this country in chains and the time had come for new leadership to bring freedom to it’s people. It would not take just a leader but a creative leader to inspire this change. Martin Luther King Jr. not only led with vision and love but with amazing flexibility, resourcefulness, and artistry. I think he was an example of a new era of leadership; one that leads beyond basic charisma, intelligence, and talent. It’s a leadership that brings radical and courageous innovation.

Excerpt from ‘Martin Luther King Jr. on Leadership’ by George Ambler
In leadership, as in life, innovation and creativity are tools designed for sustaining action, achievement, and change….. Great leaders clearly understand that creative endeavour is essential in a changing environment – especially in times of revolution where new problems are encountered, where new goals must be set, where new trails must be blazed….. ‘In a new era,” he also said, ‘there must be new thinking.’

So use your creative leadership to change your environment- not for your own benefit, but for the benefit of mankind.

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