Happy MLK day. As we honor Dr King today, I am reflecting on these words of his: "He who is devoid of the power to forgive, is devoid of the power to love."
As leaders we are called to serve; service requires love, sacrifice & dedication. How high do you rank in your ability to tolerate & accommodate others' shortcomings – whether clients, business associates, team members or even family members?
Dr Martin Luther King was great, not because he was flawless, but because of his ability to love self-lessly. He gave his all in serving his people. A Baptist preacher, Dr King stepped beyond the pulpit into the community to reach souls that needed him most, using his gifts, power and influence to stand for and with the community in meeting urgent needs of those times. Because he and others did, African Americans were able to move a few steps closer toward equality in a journey that in many ways is still ongoing.
“Love is the only cement that can hold this broken community together.When I am commanded to love, I am commanded to restore community, to resist injustice, and to meet the needs of my brothers.” – Dr King
Today as we remember the legacy of Dr King, there is indeed much to reflect on. For example, what type of leader am I? How am I helping the next person? Am I solely focused on making money, or do I care about the well being of my team members? Am I helping them grow, or is it all about me? Am I strife-full, sowing negative seeds in the lives/minds of others or do I help foster togetherness? Do I take advantage of the vulnerable for selfish needs, Or am I led by love?
In fact, we don't need to march on Washington, we start by taking stock of how we treat those closest to us – our spouses, friends, neighbors. And then are we able to spread the love into the rest of to the world.
“The art of acceptance is the art of making someone who has just done you a small favor wish that he might have done you a greater one.” – Dr King
Are we appreciaitive? Do we recognize the gifts in others? Do we encourage them and uphold their dignity as human beings?
Success rests on character. Only when we build character are we able to be the best as leaders. This is achieved by looking inward and asking ourselves some tough questions. Today – MLK Day – is the perfect day for such important soul-searching. Don't point fingers, look inward.
“Darkness is only driven out with light, not more darkness.” – Dr King
Cheers to your success!