Do you think Martin Luther King, Jr. had resonance? Why?
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Objectives Week 7 – Commitment to Purpose
• To understand what is meant by the “experiential dream” and realize that what is going on “inside” truly matters
• Explore the “resonance” phenomenon
• To consider the different types of personal freedom and acknowledge the link between freedom and responsibility
• To realize the inevitability of obstacles
• To consider the different effects of choice and obligation on performance
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Not much happens without a dream. And for something great to happen, there must be a great dream. Behind every great achievement is a dreamer of great dreams. Much more than a dreamer is required to bring it reality; but the dream must be there first.
There is no more famous phrase in the lexicon of American history than the statement “I have a dream,” delivered in a speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. on August 28, 1963 in Washington, D.C. in front of the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. This phrase came from a deep personal conviction and spoke directly to the hearts of all who heard. It is said to have catapulted Dr. King into the undisputed position of leadership within the Civil Rights Movement.
It is difficult to imagine a more resonant experience than that of Dr. King standing at the podium on that muggy-hot August afternoon, with over a quarter of a million Freedom Marchers before him and Mahalia Jackson shouting from behind him to, “Tell them about the dream, Martin,” and he pausing, gathering his thoughts and expanding, in near lyrical cadence, upon “his dream.”
This week we focus on the lessons we can learn from extraordinary leaders and world class performers; their successes and struggles in capturing their dreams.
Several years ago I visited a small adobe church in Las Vegas, New Mexico. The cool, quiet atmosphere was a lovely respite from the hot dusty din in the street outside. As I surveyed the items behind the gift counter that was set up in a corner of the church’s vestibule, my eyes lit on a small, intricately woven circular net with three feathers hanging from its rim. There was a tiny chip of turquoise in the upper portion of the netting. I asked the lady attendant to tell me about this lovely little object.
“It’s a Navajo dream catcher.”
That beautiful little dream catcher now hangs above my desk as a constant reminder that there are many ways to catch a dream, both big and small.
Behaving as and becoming an effective leader is a secondary by-product of an intense commitment to a purpose.
Clawson, Chapter 13, “Resonance, Leadership and the Purpose of Life.”
Hansen, the Prologue and Chapter 1 “The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.”
Listen to Martin Luther Kings, I Have A Dream speech, http://www.americanrhetoric.com/top100speechesall.html
Submit: FINAL PROJECT – Part One – Bridging Theory and Practice Leadership Paper
A two-paragraph description of the leader is to be submitted by day 7 of week 7.
Study Group: On page 184 in Clawson are 10 questions for personal reflection. Take a few minutes to respond and reflect by yourself to questions 1 through 9. Discuss with others in your group your response to number 10: How might you take the lead in moving toward resonance in your work group?
Discussion Topics are listed in the syllabus and this week’s discussion board.
Weekly discussions follow a 4 phase cycle in which you