The purpose of the Session Long Project in Trident University International classes is to give you the opportunity to explore the applicability of the Module to your own life and work, and to see how the otherwise academically rigorous presentation of a topic may, with more or less work and/or trauma, become “up close and personal”. This is done in a number of different ways — sometimes cumulative papers, sometimes practical hands-on experimentation with a tool of some sort, sometimes reflections on a place of work or life. The common thread is personal application, aimed at demonstrating a cumulative knowledge and understanding of the course’s material.
In each module, you will complete an assessment and/or situation diagnostics focusing on some aspect of leadership. You will then be asked to create a plan by which you can “grow” your strengths and develop your weaknesses. By the end of the course and the project, you will have a better understanding of strategic leadership and how to use leadership to influence followers.
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 SLP assignment, you will analyze MLK’s style and compare it to your own.
Please read Martin Luther Kingâ€™s letter from Birmingham Jail at:http://www.bu.edu/irsd/Ec326_2004/material_2004/Le…
Session Long Project
Then, drawing on the material in the background readings and doing additional research, write a 2- to 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
The key aspects of this assignment that, at a minimum, should be covered in your paper include:
- 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?