Leadership Lesson from Nelson Mandela

By | May 28, 2019

[May 28, 2019] The wisdom of Nelson Mandela is undoubted. Such a personality is worth listening and people believe in every word said by him.

Do you know? Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison from which 18 years in prison were spent at Robben Island. The cell of Nelson Mandela was just 7X9 approximately. While living in prison Nelson Mandela said, “As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.”

Nelson Mandela exhibited extraordinary qualities of a leader and demonstrated remarkable leadership.

  • Nelson Mandela was a man of peace and with his smile he disarmed the enemies.
  • He was very affirmative and had a powerful presence.
  • He was a brilliant visionary. With his imagination he creates a big picture and never gotten distracted by details.
  • He was very humble and patient.
  • By focusing on goals, he accomplished every mission.
  • He was full of life, hope and far from hate.
  • He had firmness of purpose and was very determined.
  • He had remarkable tolerance power.

This is powerful statement, wise words on leadership from 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.

Lead from behind

It takes time and trust to get a worthy outcome of the efforts you put through your leadership. Keep in mind that you have to ‘lead from behind’ and ‘put others in front’ it means that your team has trust in you and you have trust in your team respectively. Trust is always genuine and sincere; it can never be fake or hacked.

Celebrate victory

When the team works with full dedication and tirelessly at delivering a very challenging project. Once the project is completed successfully, team leader is the one who is at front clinking bubbles and getting credits. Unfortunately, it is a common story and is very simple avoid. The best sense of reward for leaders is when they see their team doing well and achieving goals and accomplishing missions. Every person in your team should be recognized individually for the amount of efforts they put.

Right steps in danger

If you imagine your worst case scenario, you don’t have to be a shield all the time, but your role is to guide the team and navigate them away from danger. You must have proper awareness and identification about the scenario that which battle to fight and what is the right time to get involved.

Develop Writing habit:

You should develop a habit of writing, just like Nelson Mandela, wrote. May just like him words from you prove to be helpful for future leaders. Make sure that your writing is as concise as of Nelson Mandela. Although it was not very detailed, just a short piece of writing and not the whole story. Write accurately to avoid dis-communication. You can seek Essay help from experts and there are many other tools like Smallseotools, for plagiarism check, Grammarly, etc. By getting some assistance online you can write your thoughts and message to people in correct manner.

Author: Jessica Gross

I’m Jessica Gross. I read and write every day on various topics related to society, culture, academics, business, and lifestyle. Also, I have been working as an academic consultant for Australian assignment help for more than a decade. You can catch me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Jessica23301529.

13 thoughts on “Leadership Lesson from Nelson Mandela

  1. Jessica Gross

    Thanks every one for your kind inputs. Your support keep me motivated towards my writing passion . Please let me know if you guys want me to write on any specific topic. I would be pleased to do the same.

  2. Willie Shrumburger

    Hi Jessica. Very good article.

  3. Bryan Lee

    Hey Jessica. I enjoyed reading your article. Thanks. Keep up the great works!

  4. Gil Johnson

    “Leading from behind” style of leadership only works over the long haul and only in a very narrow environment. I think Mandella was lucky (in some odd respects) in that his style worked. I don’t recommend this style of leadership at all. It relies heavily upon others to much of the leading.

    1. Nick Lighthouse

      Hmmmmm, I’m not so sure I agree with you Gil but you might be onto something. I’ll put some thought into it.

    2. Tony B. Custer

      Interesting point. Thanks Gil.

  5. Otto Z. Zuckermann

    I think you are getting to be popular here in Gen. Saterfield’s blog.
    Well done!

  6. Fred Weber

    Enjoyed your article, Jessica. Thank you. 🙂

  7. Max Foster

    You have some good points in your blog post today and I like it. However, I must point out that N. Mandela was a “lead from behind” type of leader. This rarely works well when applied to they type of things he was in. That said, I must admit that he was very successful and for the many reasons you stated. It takes more than leading from behind, it takes TRUST and EXPERIENCE. Thanks for your article.

    1. Eric Coda

      I think the point Jessica is making and that is made often here in https://www.theleadermaker.com is that leadership cannot only be delivered by one style of leadership but that which makes the most sense in any particular situation.

  8. Maureen S. Sullivan

    Good article, Jessica and also good to see another article by you in Gen. Satterfield’s blog. By the way, you have a great Twitter page. Love it.

    1. Yusaf from Texas

      I agree with you Maureen. I enjoyed her last article too.

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