Malcolm Harvest ’01
Recording Artist, Songwriter
Malcolm Harvest ’01 was born for music. He was born to inspire others. He was born to connect with people who need healing. Malcolm Harvest is a singer and songwriter, but he is much more than that. He is also an emotional and authentic artist who uses his platform to give back to his hometown of Compton. In addition to his music (he released his single, Welcome 2 LA, less than a year ago), he works on projects with the City of Compton and The Compton Artwalk. His focus has been on creating programs designed for K-12 students in which life fundamentals are taught and the curriculum is skill-based. “I don’t want to be unprepared for anything in life, and I don’t want kids to be unprepared,” he says. “This future of ours looks great if we all do this together.” Through his music and his work in the community, he wants “to teach people that they have value so they can explore their possibilities without restrictions.” Malcolm Harvest is an authentic leader who has a desire to join with others in investing in society to create a great future for everyone.
What is the most important quality that a leader must have, regardless of their profession, position, or role?
“Humility. Leadership belongs to two groups, businesses and the household. Whether we are conducting business or are at home, we all need to humble ourselves. If I don’t know how to do something, that’s okay, and it’s okay to ask for help. That empowers others and it empowers people to be better themselves. I don’t really refer to it as leadership. I think in terms of mentorship and apprenticeship. That relationship is an even exchange, which is more powerful. Students, for example, learn from teachers, and teachers should be learning from their students just as much. All relationships should be reciprocal.”
What qualities do you try to cultivate in others?
“I try to cultivate in others what I strive to cultivate in myself; that is a knowledge of self. If you have a good understanding of who you are as a person and of the decisions that you make, that keeps you from doing things you shouldn’t be doing. I want to help develop people who have a good awareness of themselves so that they have a great understanding of their own gifts and how they can use their gifts to make the world a better place.”
Was there a moment when you began to realize that your knowledge of self was going in the direction you wanted it to go?
“About three years ago, I had to fully disconnect and be patient with myself. I was defining my life through the eyes of others and what they thought of me. I had to stop letting people define who I am. Only I could do that. I learned to be myself more. I took time to think about what was really important to me. When you get to self, you see reality in a different way. When you are at peace with who you are, the world will be at peace with you. The way I have grown the most is that I value relationships at a higher level than I used to. I respect people for who they are. Too many things in society teach you that you are not enough, but that is not true. I want to change that thinking. I want to help others become better people.”
For more about Malcolm and his music, visit http://www.blvckjagger.com