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  • 1. Nelson Mandela An Insightful Leader By Emily Homins
  • 2. A Leader for the People
    • “ During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.” (Mandela 1990)
  • 3. Political Prisoner
    • Imprisoned for 27 years for anti-apartheid sentiments
    • Fellow prisoners looked to him as a role model and leader
    • “ To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains but to live in a way that respects and enhances the lives of others” (Mandela)
  • 4. South African President
    • After released from prison elected president in 1994
    • Reconciled white and black factions
    • “ One of our strongest weapons is dialogue.” (Mandela)
    • “ I will pass through this world but once, and I do not want to divert my attention from my task, which is to unite the nation.” (Mandela 1996)
  • 5. Why Nelson Mandela?
    • He was influential in ending apartheid
    • He is charismatic and motivates people using unorthodox methods.
    • He began the reconciliation of a nation with rugby.
    • He was forgiving and remained dedicated to unifying South Africa despite his mistreatment by the whites.
    • He remains an important role model today.
  • 6. Leadership
    • “ Practical leadership must be given to capable men, whatever their status in society” (Mandela 1986)
    • “ Don’t address their brains. Address their hearts.” (Mandela)
    • His leadership was particularly effective because he did address the hearts of his people, black and white.
    • He did not seek revenge on the white minority after he became president.
  • 7. Leadership
    • “ The mark of great leaders is the ability to understand the context in which they are operating and act accordingly.” (Mandela)
    • “ It is wise to persuade people to do things and make them think it is their own idea” (Mandela)
    • “ A leader who relies on authority to solve problems is bound to come to grief.” (Mandela)
    • Mandela relied on his ability to inspire the best from people.
    • He was wise in knowing his limitations and worked within those limitations.
    • He inspired people to follow him willingly.
    • His words speak profoundly as to who he is as a man and leader.
  • 8. Invictus (2009)
  • 9. 1995 Rugby World Cup
    • Used Rugby to unite South Africa
    • Mandela thanked Pienaar for all he had done for their country, Pienaar responded, “No Mr. President, thank you for all you have done for our country.”
    • “ Our whole nation stood behind a sport which was once a symbol of apartheid.” (Mandela)
  • 10. Leading by Quitting
    • One term as president “to set the course” for the nation
    • In 1999, he would be 80 years old, “an octogenarian shouldn’t be meddling in politics.” (Mandela)
    • He knew when to move on, stepping down after getting the country on track.
  • 11. Role Model
    • Nobel Peace Prize Winner 1993
    • AIDS/HIV activist
    • “ You are responsible for your own future, and with hard work you can accomplish anything and make your dreams come true.” (Mandela 2005)
    • “ On my last day I want to know that those who remain behind will say: “The man who lies here has done his duty for his country and his people” (Mandela 1999)
  • 12. Sources
    • Boehmer, Elleke. Nelson Mandela: A Brief Insight. New York: Sterling Publishing, 2008. Print.
    • Carlin, John. Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game that Made a Nation. New York: Penguin Press, 2008. Print.
    • Cohen, David Elliot & John D. Battersby. Nelson Mandela: A Life in Photographs. New York: Sterling Publishing, 2009. Print.
    • Crwys-Williams, Jennifer, ed. In the Words of Nelson Mandela. New York: Walker & Company, 2010. Print.
    • Freeman, Morgan, actor. Invictus. Burbank: Warner Brothers, 2009. DVD.
    • Mandela, Nelson. In His Own Words. New York: Little, Brown & Company, 2003. Print.
    • Mandela, Nelson. The Struggle is My Life. New York: Pathfinder Press, 1986. Print.
    • Stengel, Richard. Mandela’s Way: Fifteen Lessons on Life, Love, and Courage. New York, Crown Publishers, 2009. Print.