“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader” (John Quincy Adams). However, not all leaders are ethical leaders. Nonetheless, not every ethical person is a leader. Indeed, there are many people that are both ethical and a leader, in fact, I believe that Malcom X was an Ethical leader. Personally, I believe ethical leaders must have a purpose that is both morally correct and inspires many. I believe that the following quote by Malcom X shows the essence of his ethical leadership, “A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything” (Malcom X). Malcom X was a man who stood for the truth regardless of the situation, therefore Malcom X was an ethical Leader with a purpose.
Malcom X is an ethical leader for three reasons from my perspective; he advocated for human rights and justice, he learned from his mistakes to better the conditions of himself and others, and last he always sought to attain knowledge. I often times hear the saying, knowledge is power. The fact that Malcom X went from being a prisoner to a renowned speaker who resonated with many people, shows the true power of knowledge. Malcom X was not always wise with his decisions. In fact, Malcom X’s younger days were filled with bad choices. “After the eighth grade, Malcolm dropped out of school, headed for a life of crime.” (Eric and Garraty 1991) The life of crime that Malcom chose eventually landed him in prison, however, while in prison he started to change his ways and started to reason his actions rather than acting on desires. Malcom X stated, “It was because of my letters that I happened to stumble upon starting to acquire some kind of homemade education… Many who toda...
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...id, “it is the mark of an educated mind to entertain a thought without accepting it”. This quote in connection with Malcom X’s emphasis on knowledge, I believe speaks volumes of the quest of a student. Personally, I believe we shall view knowledge the way Malcom X did and we shall follow the famous quote of Aristotle as students.
In conclusion, although Malcom X’s views and methods were quite controversial, he was a leader with a sound ethical background. This leadership can be seen throughout his lifetime from his time in prison well into his death. The true leaders leave their mark on generations to come. However, an ethical leader insights a moral lesson within those that learn about his/her life and Malcom X does that. Thus, we ought to seek to understand someone/ something before we judge. All in all, the life of Malcom X shows that indeed knowledge is POWER!
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