In this leadership classic, Donald T. Phillips creates a structured guide useful to
anyone—from a high school student to a Chief Executive Officer—for learning what
it takes to be a truly great leader, particularly in times of great change. Here is an
organized set of steps, strategies, and belief systems useful in forging the way to steady
change, with the historic backdrop of the challenges faced by MLK and millions of other
Most people are aware of the major events in MLK’s brief life, including his famous "I
Have a Dream" speech at the 1963 March on Washington, his Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, and
his assassination in Memphis in 1968. This 3-CD collection goes into depth covering King’s
involvement in many campaigns and events in the African-American civil rights movement.
Although leadership is noted to be 'more art than science,' a careful listening to this
tape will set you on a steady course in the right direction. (A second listening, and
note-taking as well, are encouraged in order to reinforce the many important points covered
here!) Using MLK’s orations as examples, the astute listener will discover the techniques
used for creating great and memorable speeches and presentations. Some other leadership
strategies covered are: inspiring others to action, encouraging creativity and innovation,
and setting goals and creating a plan of action.
MLK’s involvement with the SCLC (Southern Christian Leadership Conference) is detailed
here. The story of the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott is also covered. The leadership strategies
used in the bus boycott, as well as other goals of MLK—such as desegregation and
improvement of slums—are woven throughout this helpful guide.
In his lifetime, MLK was subjected to many forms of racial prejudice, racial segregation,
verbal abuse, and physical violence. Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi's success with non-violent
activism, and using his Christian upbringing and religious training as a pastor, MLK garnered
the strength and courage to lead others and to create alliances between many disparate groups.
His personal characteristics—including strong virtues, great compassion, a sense of
humor, and good listening skills—aided in achieving his many impassioned goals and
This audio book will uplift you with its strong message on leadership strategies to use in
these changing times. Very highly recommended.