15 Quotes From Martin Luther King Jr. On Leadership

Martin Luther King Jr. was a man before his time. Because of this, he changed the world. He saw a world in which great injustices were being perpetrated. He couldn’t stand idly by.

Martin Luther King Jr. was a Baptist minister. He was also a social activist. His social activism is what changed the world. He fought for a better future for his children and his children’s children.

Carving of Martin Luther King Jr.

While we haven’t fully achieved his vision of eradicating racism, we have moved closer to this dream. More people today interact with people of different color and ethnicity. It’s amazing to see what this man helped accomplish.

With Martin Luther King Jr. Day happening this coming Monday, I wanted to take time today to share 15 of the most inspiring, uplifting quotes from Martin Luther King Jr. that can be applied to leadership.

20 Quotes Every Leader Should Memorize

I learned in Sunday school the power of memorizing Bible verses. Every Sunday we would go to class and have to recite a memory verse.

If we were able to remember the verse, we would be given a special prize. These prizes encouraged us to try to memorize the verses. Who doesn’t love a prize, right?

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In business, you won’t be memorizing scripture, though it’s not a bad idea for leaders to learn scripture. You will be more inclined to memorize powerful quotes on leadership.

These quotes will encourage and empower you to lead better than ever before. They will remind you of what leadership is and why you are leading.

Today, I want to share with you 20 quotes every leader should memorize.

15 Leadership Quotes On Rest

You’re constantly giving to those you’re leading. You give your time, your energy, and your ideas. All of these activities can drain you of your energy.

To be the best leader you can be, you need to learn to rest. You can’t go, go, go and expect to be on the top of your game. You have to pause and take time to recover.

Rest can make you a more productive leader - Woman resting in a hammock

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The greatest leaders have known this truth. They know they have to take time to rest and recharge.

Let’s take a look at 15 leadership quotes on rest and what they mean for you.

15 Leadership Quotes On Rest

1. Thich Nhat Hanh

We humans have lost the wisdom of genuinely resting and relaxing. We worry too much. We don’t allow our bodies to heal, and we don’t allow our minds and hearts to heal.

15 Great Quotes For Leaders In The New Year

Quotes are great. They give you quick, bite-sized pieces of wisdom you can quickly digest.

John Maxwell, Jesus Christ, Mother Teresa, and many other leaders have had their words pieced into quaint little says you can apply in your daily lives. But what about the new year? Are there quotes leaders can use as they begin the new year? Of course there are.

Great quotes to start off the new year

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Let’s take a look at a few of the great quotes for leaders in the new year.

15 Great Quotes For Leaders In The New Year

1. Sarah Ban Breathnach:

New Year’s Day. A fresh start. A new chapter in life waiting to be written. New questions to be asked, embraced, and loved. Answers to be discovered and then lived in this transformative year of delight and self-discovery. Today carve out a quiet interlude for yourself in which to dream, pen in hand. Only dreams give birth to change.