Essay about Courage and Moral Leadership

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Courage and Moral Leadership

Dr. Alvin Lee
Strayer University

Analyze the qualities that mirror courage and moral leadership in the leader, and document those qualities (moral traits) as discussed by Daft (2010) (Chapter 6: Courage and Moral Leadership). Martin Luther King, Jr. was the mirror image of a moral and courageous leader. Dr. King upheld his morality principles as well as set examples for his followers. Dr. King had special virtues in which he lived and they was love, courage, hope amongst others. " Love, courage, hope, non conformity, and impatience were embodied in the sit-ins, boycotts, and marches, in which King himself was often a participant" (Rice 2004). Dr. King wanted his followers to be
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(In other words, what gave this leader the courage needed to address the issue at hand?) When Dr. King decided to take on his leadership role for his fellow African Americans the nation was divided. The nation was divided by racism, nationality and also by how to approach the situations at hand. Racism is a great threat to social peace and Dr. King was all about peace. He had pressure and criticism from black northerners by not responding to the antagonizes with force by any means necessary. The leader faced pressure because he was up against segregation and inequality in the eyes of the law. He faced jail time, assault blackmail, wiretapping, surveillance, slander and last but not least assassination as a result of leading the Civil Rights Movement. Despite the pressures and hardships that he faced he still had the courage to lead the movement. Dr. King drew his courage from love. He believed that "love constituted a kind of power, indeed the power that is adequate to the task of overcoming oppression"(Rice 2004 para 6). He also drew his courage from his strong religious roots. Dr. King's religious commitment, was similar to Gandhi’s, in which he later stated "As I delved deeper into the philosophy of Gandhi. ... I came to see for the first time that the Christian doctrine of love, operating through the Gandhian method of nonviolence" (SL, 150). Dr. King was deeply

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