COURSE: LEADERSHIP AND TEAM BUILDING
PAF KARACHI INSTITUTE OF ECONOMICS AND TECHNOLOGY
MY FAVORITE LEADER
BRIEF INTRODUCTION OF HIS LIFE
• Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
• Born on 18 July 1918
• South African politician who served as President of South Africa from 1994
• An activist against apartheid in South Africa.
• armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC).
• Arrested and found guilty of sabotage.
• imprisoned for about 27 years.
• Mandela led his party in the negotiations that led to the establishment of
democracy in 1994.
• To bring plight of the black people in South Africa
• To fight against apartheid (which divided black and White people in South
Africa and kept them separate)
• In South Africa it grew to be a system of governance that discriminated
against black South Africans.
• . Nelson Mandela fought long and hard against this discrimination.
ABILITY TO INFLUENCE PEOPLE
• By standing up for what he believed in and dedicating most of his life and
safety to gaining justice.
• By teaching others that they are also people and should be treated like it.
• Stopped slavery and cruel punishments to Negro's and created a new and
fair era, were everyone had equal rights.
• Mandela stopped racism, apartheid and any controversies between the
whites and blacks.
• He fought for his country and the well-being of others.
• Nelson Mandela’s contribution and dedication to South Africa’s struggle in
achieving freedom and equal rights for every South African led to his
popularity, followership and respect in South Africa.
• Nelson Mandela presented the people of South Africa with a leader in their
struggle, providing the inspiration needed for a drastic change.
• He planted the idea in the people that there was something they could do
about their situation.
• Won elections right after prison and became the first black President of
South Africa. It was possible only because of his strong followership.
• It was a something Mandela perfected on Robben Island, where there was
much to fear. Prisoners who were with him said watching Mandela walk
across the courtyard, upright and proud, was enough to keep them going for
days. He knew that he was a model for others, and that gave him the
strength to achievement over his own fear.
• He did not only guide people but fought for their rights.
• He had courage to say NO, to NEGOTIATE, and to BRING A CHANGE.
• Mandela knew that he could not always be in front, and that his own great
goal could die unless he empowered others to lead.
• Mandela genuinely believed in the virtues of the team, and he knew that to
get the best out of his own people, he had to make sure that they partook of
the glory and, even more important, that they felt they were influencing his
• Walking across the green hills above the village one morning not long ago,
Mandela recalled a lesson he learned as a boy, "When you want to get a
herd to move in a certain direction," he said, "you stand at the back with a
stick, then a few of the more energetic cattle move to the front and the rest of
the cattle follow, you are really guiding them from behind, That is how a
leader should do his work”
• His changes made an irreversible difference in the lives of every human
being on the planet, from every background in every country, though many
not may realize it.
• Mandela decided to one day speaks up for what he believed in during the
South African apartheid – that no matter what your skin color, everyone
deserves the same rights.
• Act of forgivingness
• Racial equality.
• Communities started to speak out about their wish for change, and slowly, a
difference began to take place.
• Firstly, he fought long and hard to have apartheid abolished.
• Solid persistence.
• Nobel Peace prize winner in 1993.
• He won it for the peaceful termination of apartheid.
• He never showed any bitterness towards the oppositions.
• He was a man of wisdom, strength, persistence, equality, fairness and love.
• Nelson Mandela did not lead his people only from front, but from back too.
• He motivated others with his words and actions.
• He taught others by examples.
• He wasn't attached to a particular ideology or goal. Instead, he was willing to
build relationships on all sides in order to accomplish his goal of a united and
successful South Africa.
• "During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to the 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."
• Strong communicator.
• It was due to his excellent communication skills that he was able to convey his thoughts
to the people and plant in them the idea of getting freedom and their rights equal to that of
• Ability to negotiate effectively.
IN THE END…..
• Nelson Mandela is an inspirational figure for everyone. He exemplifies all of
the qualities that people strive to have, and has dedicated his life to human
justice. If people follow even a few of Mandela’s examples, volunteer in their
communities, and take the time to help others then they will have a better
understanding of people in general. People need a positive role model like
Nelson Mandela, and for that reason it is important to keep his achievements
and successes alive.