Martin Luther King Jr.: An Example Of A Charismatic Leader

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Leadership Styles: Reflection
1. Charismatic Leadership
a. a. Martin Luther King Jr. is a prime example of charismatic leadership.
b. Martin Luther King Jr. was a Baptist minister and civil-rights activist who led the Civil Rights Movement until his assassination in 1968. He continues to be remembered as one of the most lauded African-American leaders in history, often referred by his prominent 1963 speech, “I Have a Dream.”
c. Martin Luther was a dynamic, charismatic, inspirational leader. He was able to communicate – eloquently and earnestly - to followers on a deep, emotional level. In the 1950’s, there was a racial inequality that dominated the United States. Martin Luther was there to fight for the less-privileged,
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They motivate, energize, and inspire their team members. Having the ability to create excitement and enthusiasm within a group is an enormous benefit to not only the leader, but the group as well.
With that being said, not everything is sunshine and rainbows. Although inspiring team members do their best to achieve stellar results, charismatic leaders believe in themselves more than the team, and this can create the risk that a project might deteriorate if the leader left it. Charismatic leaders often believe that they 're always right and may not listen when others express of problems.
4. What kind of leaders are easier to follow?
It depends on how you look at it. Visionary leaders could easily get their head lost in the clouds, charismatic leaders tend to believe in themselves more than the team, authoritarian leaders may be perceived as too bossy, quiet leaders may be too shy to voice their opinion, and participative leaders take a more balanced approach to completing tasks, sure, but on projects where speed and efficiency is critical, time can sometimes be wasted on making sure all group members voices are heard.
Again, there are positive and negative qualities to everything.
5. What leadership style is most comfortable for you? Have you ever used one that is
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Does time/pressure affect your leadership style?
Yes, time/pressure affects my leadership style. As stated in question five, forces like time, stress, and relationships can alter my leadership style immensely. If I were to be given an unstructured task - a task so poorly understood that one could not specify what information to use, how to use the information, or how to decide whether the task is a success - my leadership style may change from quiet to authoritarian due to stress.
7. Do you, as a leader, believe that you have to do everything in order for it to get done? Why is this not effective?
From massexposure over the years, I 've developed somewhat of an allergy to group projects. Don 't get me wrong, I can engage in teamwork, but sometimes I prefer to take matters into my own hand and finish the task myself. It is never a good idea to give the impression that group projects are the wave of the future: forced projects, brainstorms and endless scheduling of after school meetings can sometimes get too overwhelming for individuals like me.
But there is a time when this method doesn 't come in handy. Finishing a project alone can potentially lead to biased opinions and a plethora of left-out, angry group members. With that being said, I think teamwork can have the potential to undermine motivation, commitment and relationships. It 's all in how you look at

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