• Yeatoe Gloria McIntosh

Leadership and Kyma: Celebrating MLK Day


The meaning of Kyma in Greek is a wave. In the Bible, the word kyma describes the waves experienced by Jesus and His disciples in the boat. Mark 4: 37-39 describes the happening as below:

Mark 4:37-39 King James Version (KJV)

37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.

38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?

39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.


In our daily lives, there are many waves. At times, these waves are intense, and we fear for our lives. Most times, those waves hinder future leaders from stepping to the place of purpose. The waves may be circumstances around us. The waves may be our emotional feelings at points in our lives. The wave may be injustice, oppression, poverty, lack of sound governance, family dysfunction, divorce, heartbreak, unemployment, to name a few. Regardless of the type of wave we face, success comes with mastering the tides on our journey of life.

Leaders should never be carried away by the waves of happenings or emotions. Even if fearful, we must follow the blueprint of Jesus and stand against the wave. We must MASTER KYMA to be a successful leader.

Dr. King mastered kyma. He mastered it so well until he tasted death, but relented not because of the faith that his voice and the momentum built will never die.

I was flying across the ocean between West Africa and the United States, and I selected the movie, Selma. The film planted a seed in my mind forever. What is it to be a leader who only lives in corruption, oppresses others, and murders many?

Leaders weathered waves to transform lives — true leadership positively impacts people or processes for the good of humanity and the universe.

As we celebrate MLK Day, let's focus on our places of leadership and not on our storms or those created by systems.

HAPPY MLK DAY! All Glory To God.

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