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Martin Luther King was one of the great orators of the 20th century, and his style has been used as a model for many, including President Barack Obama. In this paper, you will analyze MLK’s style and compare it to your own.
Then, drawing on the material in the background readings and doing additional research, write a 3-page paper in which you:
Analyze the leadership and oratory styles of Martin Luther King, Jr. through the lens of ethos, logos, and pathos, and compare his styles to your own. What could you do to strengthen your own skills at influence and persuasion?
Keys to the Assignment
• Examples of how Martin Luther King used ethos, logos, and pathos in his powerful and highly influential letter.
• How do you/can you incorporate what you have learned about ethos, logos, and pathos into your own leadership activities to increase your influence as a leader?
VERY IMPORTANT….These are not the only things that must be covered. You must go deeper with the assignment and use your critical thinking skills to ascertain what other areas are important in making a company one of the top ones in which to work.
Assignment Expectations
Your paper will be evaluated using the following five criteria:
• Assignment-Driven Criteria (Precision and Breadth): Does the paper fully address all Keys to the Assignment? Are the concepts behind the Keys to the Assignment addressed accurately and precisely using sound logic? Does the paper meet minimum length requirements?
• Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking and Depth): Does the paper demonstrate graduate-level analysis, in which information derived from multiple sources, expert opinions, and assumptions has been critically evaluated and synthesized in the formulation of a logical set of conclusions? Does the paper address the topic with sufficient depth of discussion and analysis?
• Business Writing (Clarity and Organization): Is the paper well written (clear, developed logically, and well organized)? Are the grammar, spelling, and vocabulary appropriate for graduate-level work? Are section headings included in all papers? Are paraphrasing and synthesis of concepts the primary means of responding to the Keys to the Assignment, or is justification/support instead conveyed through excessive use of direct quotations?
• Effective Use of Information (Information Literacy and References): Does the paper demonstrate that the student has read, understood, and can apply the background materials for the module? If required, has the student demonstrated effective research, as evidenced by the student’s use of relevant and quality sources? Do additional sources used in the paper provide strong support for conclusions drawn, and do they help in shaping the overall paper?
• Citing Sources: Does the student demonstrate understanding of APA Style of referencing by inclusion of proper end references and in-text citations (for paraphrased text and direct quotations) as appropriate? Have all sources (e.g., references used from the Background page, the assignment readings, and outside research) been included, and are these properly cited? Have all end references been included within the body of the paper as in-text citations?
Tips and Suggestions
Please note the following tips and suggestions:
• Include a cover page and reference page, in addition to the 3 pages of analysis described above.
• Include headings for all papers greater than 2 pages (basically all papers), but do not use headings as “space fillers.”
• You are expected to deal with these issues in an integrated fashion, rather than treating them as a series of individual questions to be answered one by one and left at that.
• You should synthesize information and present a concise and meaningful paper.
• Cite and reference all sources that you use in your work, including those that you paraphrase but do not quote. This means include citations and quotation marks for direct quotes of more than 5 words, and citations for that information which you have “borrowed” or paraphrased from other sources.
Required Reading
Please read Martin Luther King’s letter from Birmingham Jail at:
Journal Articles and Websites: Journal articles can be found in the Trident Online Library. Book chapters are located in the same library, but you must click on “Additional Library Resources” and then search the eBook Academic Collection (EBSCO).
Badshah, S. (2012). Historical study of leadership theories. Journal of Strategic Human Resource Management, 1(1), 49–59.
Bourantas, D., & Agapitou, V. (2014). Chapter one: From leadership competencies to leadership meta-competencies. In Leadership Meta-competencies: Discovering Hidden Virtues. Burlington: Routledge.
Ethos, Pathos, and Logos Definition and Examples. (2015) Retrieved from
Kotter, J. P. (2013, January 9). Management is (still) not leadership. Harvard Business Review- Blog Network. Retrieved from
Martin Luther King’s Letter From Birmingham Jail. (1963). Retrieved from
NetMBA. (2010). Theory x and theory y. Retrieved from
Theory X and Theory Y: Understanding Team Member Motivation (2013), Retrieved from
Optional Readings and References
Changing Minds. (2011). Leadership vs. management. Retrieved from