In this special five-part podcast series, we consider the business leadership issues raised by General Stanley McChrystal (ret.) recent book Leaders-Myth and Reality, which he co-authored with Jeff Eggers and Jason Mangone. Using Plutarch’s Lives as their model they considered multiple leaders and leadership styles. These include: Founders, Walt Disney and Coco Chanel; Geniuses, Albert Einstein and Leonard Bernstein; Heroes, Zheng He and Harriet Tubman; Power Brokers, Boss Tweed and Margaret Thatcher. In this episode V, we take up the Reformers-Martin Luther and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Some of the highlights include:

  1. Reformers must agree to shoulder burdens when asked to or they were thrust upon them.
  2. The leadership of Reformers comes through existing structures. King’s leadership came through the framework of the SCLC and strategy of the civil rights movement. Luther’s leadership was more based on commentary.
  3. Both used new technologies. Luther used the printing press and King used television.
  4. Reformers must seize the moment, as demonstrated by King’s ad libs in his I have a dreamspeech.