Nelson Mandela a true leader

Want to know about leadership? Nelson Mandela has it covered:

Nelson Mandela

“Nelson Mandela embodies the core elements of great leadership, even as he remains a fully human character with flaws and shadows. And he illustrates a profound truth, that we are great not despite our failings, but including them. We cannot pretend to be someone other than who we are, and much of the controlling, rigid leadership we see in the world today is armour against a sense of failure and weakness. His authenticity teaches us, he doesn’t try to be someone else, and he has the emotional intelligence to know who he is. Despite his famous hot temper, he was compassionate and empathetic towards those who imprisoned him, even as he lamented his inability to have a good relationship with some of his family. He is a leader for the whole, never swerving from his vision of a rainbow South Africa. At the same time he is a problem solver, with a pragmatism built on core values that translate into a deeply held personal and professional ethical framework. He is inspired by a purpose that is bigger than himself and his presence, voice and discipline inspire others to be better than they ever imagined. Add to this list patience, perseverance, courage.

As we seek for clues about what happened to Nelson Mandela, how he became so much, we might ponder his favourite poem, Invictus, by the Victorian English poet William Ernest Henley, and the lines that particularly sustained him during 27 years in prison:

I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.”

by Susan Collin Marks is Senior Vice President of Search for Common Ground, an international non-profit organisation working worldwide in conflict transformation and peace building

Advertisements

About stevewilliams1901

Social entrepreneur based in Australia.
This entry was posted in A Social Entrepreneurs Diary and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to Nelson Mandela a true leader

  1. Fantastic article. I love the key words.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s