Brittany Elena Morris connects King’s & Millennials’ leadership skills

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King’s most appealing feature was his unerring willpower. “Will” has a lot of clout: one with too much will is off-putting, stubborn even, but the right amount produces a timeless leader. Defined by trusty Google, willpower is the “the faculty by which a person decides on and initiates action.” In King’s case, his actions were a model for the world in equality & human justice.


Coincidentally, several articles came out recently concerning the Millennial Generation (mine) and the fears our elders had for the future. Generally speaking, Millennials are categorized as spoiled & materialistic, narcissistic, lazy and disinterested, or simply, the antithesis of a leader. Reading these while also hearing about the legacy King left behind (I assume, with the hope that his methods would be used forevermore), was startling.


Heckles raised, I found the opposite to be true. Ron Fournier of The Atlantic shared data in his article “The Outsiders: How Can Millennials Change Washington If They Hate It?” defending the Millennial’s steadfast commitment to community service, versus political service. Furthermore, Fournier found Millennials are more likely to volunteer into adulthood. Why? Millenials are more gratified by their community service than a salary, a study by the Government Business Council said.


With the introduction of instant gratification, technology and a fast-paced society (all purported as Millennial evils), my peers and I have become more results-driven than ever. We’re closer to King’s mode of operandi than expected because our successes are directly in-line with our actions. In a political era that is stymied by party tensions and bureaucracy (fueled in my opinion, by an overdose of will), Millennials participate through volunteerism; they interact with the people around them to be a force for change.


King’s will was founded by his love for his community, first as a reverend, and next as a world-shaker. No office appointment or title other than his fervor for change led his movement — and the Millennials are following wisely in his footsteps.

3 Comments on “Brittany Elena Morris connects King’s & Millennials’ leadership skills”

  1. Nice point, Brittany. We’re seeing this want from millennials to do good in their lives, something I’ve particularly noticed in working on a documentary about social entrepreneurship. I think we’re following in his footsteps for change and impact.

  2. I was left staring at your post open-mouthed. I think you touched on something really important. Many people fear that our hunched-over, cat-loving, technology-driven community will be ill-suited for the workforce; however, it’s an interesting idea that the type of leader that is necessary for the societies well-being changes with it’s people. Like you said, our young are wired towards instant-gratification which threatens the boundaries of a traditional workplace. But instead it creates the opportunity for community service to thrive which suggests the potential for a different, however still functional, society. I hadn’t considered this! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Interesting and thought provoking views Brittany. I think Milennials’ self-centered approach to life also enables them to react instantly with the help of social media and strongly with result-driven and pragmatic manner to any attempt that might limit their freedom. At least this is what happened in Turkey.

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