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Ten Leadership Commandments from a Great Leader,  

the Nelson Mandela

“It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership”. These are the words of a great leader, Nelson Mandela, who fought for something that many would shy away from.

Nelson Mandela, the first black president of South Africa, winner Nobel Prize and anti-Apartheid icon passed away on December 5 at the age of 95. Madiba, as he was fondly referred to, lived a fulfilling, robust, and impactful life. Only a few people have had as much impact on history as Mandela had. An incredibly selfless man, Mandela made so much of a sacrifice to re-write the history of generations for South Africans and world as a whole.

During his lifetime, Mandela inspired us with his numerous words of wisdom that are etched in our memories. Many lessons can be learnt from his remarkable journey. Leadership and equality are the important aspects for the world's future leaders to be learnt from this great man and his words remain evergreen.

Few words of wisdom:

  1. A good leader can engage in a debate frankly and thoroughly, knowing that at the end he and the other side must be closer, and thus emerge stronger. You don't have that idea when you are arrogant, superficial, and uninformed.

  2. It is wise to persuade people to do things and make them think it was their own idea.

  3. There are times when a leader must move out ahead of the flock, go off in a new direction, confident that he is leading his people the right way.

  4. Courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.

  5. It always seems impossible until it’s done.

  6. When people are determined they can overcome anything.

  7. A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.

  8. Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

  9. Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.

  10. Real leaders must be ready to sacrifice all for the freedom of their people.

Mandela’s tolerance was astounding and his leadership style enabled people to unite. Business Leaders should learn from him and today unite in mourning of one of the greatest men who ever lived.







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