How Martin Luther King, Jr. wrestled with anger and what you can learn from his example.
Average leaders focus on results, and that's it. Good leaders focus also on the behaviors that will get the results. And great leaders focus, in addition, on the emotions that will drive these behaviors.
One emotion that shapes our behavior is anger, and Martin Luther King Jr., whose 84th birthday we commemorate today, knew of the power that came packed in this emotion. King had reason enough to be provoked, time and again.
Great leaders often have a strong capacity to experience anger. It wakes them up and makes them pay attention to what is wrong in their environment, or in themselves. Without anger, they would not have the awareness or the drive to fix what is wrong.
With me it is this anger of superficial empathy, abused love and care and
"kicking" humanity with the feet, this being indifferent towards others, this egoistic and self-centered thinking. These things make me aware who I am and what is false in our world.
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