Mandela's Eight Lessons of Leadership
| In honor of Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday, Richard Stengel, managing editor of Time magazine, put together Mandela's eight lessons of leadership. Stengel writes: "[The lessons] are cobbled together from…conversations old and new and from observing [Mandela] up close and from afar. Many of them stem directly from his personal experience. All of them are calibrated to cause the best kind of trouble: the trouble that forces us to ask how we can make the world a better place." Here are Mandela's eight lessons of leadership:
- Courage is not the absence of fear—it's inspiring others to move beyond it.
- Lead from the front—but don't leave your base behind.
- Lead from the back—and let others believe they are in front.
- Know your enemy—and learn about his favorite sport. [In order to work more effectively with Afrikaners, Mandela learned their language and all about their most cherished sport: rugby.
- Keep your friends close—and your rivals even closer.
- Appearances matter—and remember to smile.
- Nothing is black or white.
- Quitting is leading too.
Source: Richard Stengel, "Mandela: His 8 Lessons of Leadership", Time (21-July08), pp. 42-48