Application: Historical Leaders and Contemporary Leaders
Now, I say to you today my friends, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’
—Martin Luther King Jr., Speech at Civil Rights March on Washington, August 28, 1963
Passages in time are filled with great quotes from great men and women who accomplished extraordinary feats and led significant change in society. One example is Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, which is often quoted by contemporary leaders to chart a course for the future. Contemporary leaders often look to historical leaders for vision, wisdom, and courage. In this Application, you compare historical leaders and contemporary leaders.
To prepare for this assignment:
- Select a leader from the handout, “Historical Leaders.”
- Select a leader from the current nonprofit or public sector.
- Consider similarities and differences between the leadership styles of the twoindividuals you selected.
- Consider effective leadership characteristics of each you would like to emulate and why.
The assignment (1–2 pages)
- Explain threesimilarities and three differences between the leadership styles of the historical and the contemporary leaders you selected. Describe one characteristic for each that you would like to emulate, and explain why.
Note: Support your Application Assignment with specific references to all resources used in its preparation.
Submit your assignment by Day 7.