History is a class required for being a Leader Advancement Scholar here at Central Michigan University. Some people may think that is silly, but people need to remember and realize that history is very important to leaders. Leaders of yesterday shaped the word of today, but leaders of today are shaping the world for tomorrow.
History is an important subject for leaders to learn. It teaches leaders a handful of skills by learning from past experiences in history. For example, each President learns from the mistakes and accomplishments from the presidents before him. It is important to know our past to learn from it as much as we can.
I am not a huge fan of the subject history myself, but I do understand the importance of it now. Taking this class made me think of history a little bit differently. A big part of this class that changed my prescriptive is the final paper we had to write. My final paper was on Martin Luther King Jr, and when most people think of him they think of ending segregation and developing equal rights. The thing people don’t know about him is WHY he was an effective and influential leader during the Civil Rights Movement. He and the rest of the African American community all had the same beliefs about white power and discrimination, but why was Martin Luther King Jr. the one to finally step up and lead that community to equality?
That is what we have to do as leaders. We need to look at history and ask ourselves why did such things happen, and why were these specific people leaders. Leaders from the past, present, and the future are important. Now I just need to remember to always take history seriously, because it has shaped the world that leaders live in today.
“I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” -Martin Luther King Jr.
Just remember that the dreams of the past became the reality of the present.