With Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday being honored next week, we took a moment to reflect upon the man and his contributions to our country. I came away with a renewed appreciation of his leadership skills. In a horribly challenging environment, he motivated people, bridged seemingly insurmountable divides, built alliances, and navigated necessary lasting change on a national level. Top tier leader material for sure, one truly worthy of being named “King.”
Marveling at the appropriateness of his name, I drew a connection to The Three Questions, a short story by the great Russian author Leo Tolstoy. In the story, there is a king who sought the answers to three questions. He believed that they were the most important questions in life and that knowing the correct answers would make him a better king. He asked many wise and educated people in his kingdom but was unable to determine a consensus, so, finally, he sought the opinion of an old hermit and received sage advice.
Here at ExecuNet, our mission is to bring you the best expert thinking to help you achieve your career, leadership and business goals. As a result, we have many wise and educated people, modern day “sages,” in our network, so we reached out to five of them to see what they thought the answers to a modernized version of those three questions which so troubled the king would be.
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