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Head and Heart: The Lessons of Leadership from Nelson Mandela
Chief among African leaders, Nelson Mandela is one of few statesmen to have achieved almost universal respect around the world and across the political spectrum. His role in fighting apartheid, his imprisonment on Robben Island — where he came to symbolise the struggle of oppressed people around the world — and his ability to steer South Africa through its rebirth earned him the international reputation of benevolent negotiator and quintessential peacemaker. Imprisoned for 27 years for his opposition to apartheid, Mandela came out of prison in expressing no bitterness towards his tormentors. Mandela was one of the few leaders capable of inspiring confidence both inside and outside the country. Few others would have managed to unite the disparate warring parties and steer South Africa from what seemed to be the brink of civil war.
A panel of experts assess Nelson Mandela's life and legacy and discuss whether he can be considered the 20th century's greatest leader. This privileged economic background helped smooth his way to primary and secondary schools and then on to Fort Hare University. Early on Mandela learned English. Chiefly status which meant more in the s—40s seems to have given Mandela confidence, although his status was not always acknowledged in urban areas. Keith Shear: Rather more may have been made of this point than it can bear, but if it had any relevance then it was in contributing to an ability to interact confidently and composedly with people of every station in life.
He left a huge inspirational vacuum. Make no mistake, Mandela was a conversial leader. Early in his career, he embraced and advocated violence to achieve his political ends, and did not believe the non-violent protest as was used by Ghandi and Martin Luther King, would work. Mandela helped to unite South Africa as it dismantled apartheid, the cruel system of white minority rule. He symbolized for all of Africa a commitment to democracy and freedom. Unlike Gandhi, who said that nonviolence and truth were inseparable, and King, who famously declared that violence was immoral, Mandela embraced armed struggle as a young man to end the racist system of apartheid. As a young politician, his rhetoric was angry, uncompromising and inspiring.
This week, Nelson Mandela, affectionately referred to by his clan or family name, Madiba, would have turned The legacy of this iconic leader lives on in the hearts of a nation and a global community who find inspiration and hope from the way he lived his life and led his country. To celebrate his th birthday we reflect on just a few of the things he taught us about leadership and change. When you find a cause worth fighting for you become passionate and passion fuels the fires of perseverance. It was a choice that landed him in prison for 27 years.