Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was best known for the role that he played as a leader in the civil rights movement. But his commitment to nonviolent disobedience can be an inspiration to all business leaders. So in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I examined many of his quotes and speeches and shared some that are particularly valuable to the security guard industry.
“Courage is an inner resolution to go forward despite obstacles; Cowardice is submissive surrender to circumstances. Courage breeds creativity; Cowardice represses fear and is mastered by it. Cowardice asks the question, is it safe?” – Martin Luther King Jr.
If you are involved with managing a security guard business, you know how difficult it can be to successfully grow that business. One of the main obstacles to growth is being able to differentiate your company from your competitors. In order to become the company that is known as “great to work with”, you must begin to look at your company differently. Greatness can only be achieved by having the courage to begin to see yourself as more than just a “Security Guard Company”. If you are still emphasizing to prospects about how you train your officers better or how you only choose the best officers, have the courage to think and dream bigger.
“I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama … little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
Dr. King had a dream and so do you. Are you sharing that dream? If not, what’s stopping you? Having a dream for what you want for your company creates excitement and passion in your team. Dreams can also provide a source of inspiration that can help overcome the obstacles that your company faces daily. So what are you doing today to ensure that those obstacles aren’t stopping your from realizing that dream?
“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
Once you have determined a path through the obstacles, you are free to continue pursuing your dream. But along the path to fulfilling that dream, you will experience both rejection and disappointment. But remember, whether that rejection and disappointment comes from prospects, clients, or employees, never lose hope. Rejection, disappointment, and even failure are all opportunities to learn something about yourself and your organization. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of great business leaders whose hopes for the future saw them through their disappointments and tough times.
“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
What many of those business leaders, as well as Martin Luther King Jr., would probably share with you is that the key to overcoming disappointment is to always be moving forward. There are days where you will feel like you are on top of the world and other days that will be total disasters. On the bad days, remember that the good days are just ahead and you just have to continue moving forward to get to them. Someone once told me “Even when you are stumbling, as long as you’re stumbling forward you’re still making progress.”
Although Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a leader in one of the most important struggles this nation has seen, I think he would have been an incredible leader in whatever he chose to do. Challenge yourself, your managers, and your employees to be the unrelenting visionaries for your company that Martin Luther King Jr. was for this country.
By Courtney Sparkman