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Martin Luther King, Jr. on Leadership
Inspiration & Wisdom for Challenging Times

by Donald T. Phillips


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 African Americans.

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 leadership success.

This audio book will uplift you with its strong message on leadership strategies to use in these changing times. Very highly recommended.

The Book

Hachette Audio
December 22, 2009
Audiobook / 3 CDs / Abridged / Appx 3 hrs
Management / Leadership
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The Reviewer

Christine Lindemer
Reviewed 2010
NOTE: Reviewer C.R. Lindemer is the editor of True Cow Tales: Literary Sketches and Stories by Farmers, Ranchers, and Dairy Princesses and the author of children's picture book Beauly the Donkey-Mooing Beltie.
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