How to become a leader of change, Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King day is upon us, and in order to keep the legacy alive, we ought to learn from his ways. Influence based on vision can lead a group of people to bring a change. This is easier said than done.
The key attributes you need to learn from the King’s life are listed below:

1. Know your purpose

To know the “why” is extremely pertinent. The "why" not only keeps you motivated but gives meaning and purpose to your work. Once you’ve established what you stand for, everything else just falls into perspective.
Ask yourself these three questions before starting any of your tasks.

  • What’s your purpose?
  • What’s your cause?
  • What’s your belief?

Martin Luther King Jr.'s cause was deeply engraved in his existence. Every waking moment was spent providing justice and establishing equality. What kept him on his toes was his purpose.

2. Establish a vision

Now that you know what you stand for, you need to establish the “vision”. State out what you need to achieve based on your purpose. Martin Luther King’s speech “I have a dream”, has been widely circulated, based solely on what he hoped to change.

The excerpt above infers his vision to work for a future that does not advocate discrimination by colour among the youths of the nation. His vision was clear and precise and he remained committed to it in all of his speeches there-forth.

3. Communicate your vision

The next step is to announce your vision in a way that’s relevant to the audience. How you communicate your vision is the key factor for a successful leadership as it will act as a deciding factor.
How you phrase your sentences, how you manage your pitch, and hand gestures, all play a role in the effectiveness of your message.

  • Know your audience
  • Frame your conversation to fit the audience
  • Clearly state the purpose of conversation
  • Encourage feedback

The words spoken by Martin Luther King still echo to this day, because of their structure, meaning, and relevance.

4. Motivate others

Studies show the most effective type of leadership is transformational leadership. It does not believe in handing out monetary incentives to inspire people, rather it stands for inspiring people to work for your cause. It’s a powerful tool because it lights a fire in your audience's hearts similar to yours.

Martin Luther King inspired his supporters with actions and words that made the cause seem relevant for masses, he made it clear that he was standing for the people, by the people.

5. Be persistent Martin Luther King

What separates the greats from the ordinary is their level of persistence. You can have the purpose, the vision, and the people but if you can’t stand up and fight in the face of challenges than those things would help you achieve nothing. You need to keep working at your goal no matter the consequences.
If Martin Luther King had not persisted with his goal of social equality, time’s would have been different. Due to his hard work and dedication he is known as the master of persistence.

“If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” -Martin Luther King Jr.