Martin Luther King, “A genuine leader is not a searcher of consensus”

Posted on January 16, 2011

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Ultimately a genuine leader is not a searcher of consensus but a moulder of consensus.

On some positions cowardice asks the question, is it safe?  Expediency asks the question, is it politic?  Vanity asks the question, is it popular?  But conscience asks the question, is it right?

And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.

Martin Luther King