Many of us have the day off in honor of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. – a leader of leaders. At some point today, pause and reflect on the man that did so much for so many. In an excellent post on the American Express Open Forum, 5 leadership lessons were offered – inspired by Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. – including:
-Don’t underestimate low-level employees
-Encourage ‘creative tension’
-Know the ‘why’
Of the 5, it’s “know the ‘why’” that really caught my attention. One of my main motivators to pursue the Ph.D., was I wanted to know the “why.” Too many times, I was doing things because “I was told to do them,” “this is the way we did it in the past” or “it worked before so therefore, we must do it again.” It drove me batty that I could not probe deeper, ask those “why” questions and figure out a more theoretical or strategic reason to why I needed to do what I needed to do.
In honor of MLK, ask a few “why” questions this week.
Associate Professor of Marketing
Stillman School of Business
Seton Hall University