December 18th, 2014
Leadership Characteristics of Malcolm X
In history there are great leaders known for their genius successfulness and genius minds. While others are criticized for their actions, but are still considered great leaders. Malcolm X’s legacy is often not as remarkable when compared to Martin Luther King Jr for being an activist for African American rights and involvement with the Nation of Islam. With the practice of these beliefs and morals Malcolm developed two important characteristics of leadership as defined by Scott Campbell. “Like roots, they may be invisible to the eye, but they are the true source of an exceptional leader’s actions” (Campbell 4). The roots (characteristics) that Malcolm grew throughout his life are Vision and Results Orientation.
In the article Campbell states that “Vision involves having a clear picture of a meaningful future that you are committed to and passionate about creating”(Campbell 8). Although Malcolm’s ideologies changed throughout his life he always had a sense of what he wanted for his future. We see an example of this in the autobiography: “Human rights! Respect as human beings! That’s what Americas black masses want. That’s the true problem. The black masses want not to be shrunk from as though they are plague ridden. They want not to be walled up in slums, in the ghettos, like animals. They want to live in an open, free society where they can walk with their heads up, like men and women!”(Hayley 278). This characteristic of vision is important in this time because racism and equality was a major problem and his vision helped him set goals for himself and his community to help resolve and improve this problem.
Malcolm shows the characteristic of results-orientation throughout his life as well. He took the goals he saw in his vision, such as the unity of the Afro-American community, and crested plans to achieve them. He shows determination to achieve these...
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