Tuesday, February 15, 2011

"Mandela: His 8 Lessons of Leadership"

One of our About Leadership links was a Time article by Richard Stengel called "Mandela: His 8 Lessons of Leadership." Nelson Mandela "overthrew apartheid and created a nonracial democratic South Africa by knowing precisely when and how to transition between his roles as warrior, martyr, diplomat and statesman."

Stengel presents what he calls "Madiba's rules" (Madiba is Mandela's clan name):
  1. Courage is not the absence of fear--it's inspiring others to move beyond it.
  2. Lead from the front--but don't leave your base behind.
  3. Lead from the back--and let others believe they are in front.
  4. Know your enemy--and learn about his favorit sport.
  5. Keep your friends close--and your rivals even closer.
  6. Appearances matter--and remember to smile.
  7. Nothing is black or white.
  8. Quitting is leading too.

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