8 Leadership Lessons from Nelson Mandela

Richard Stengel worked with Nelson Mandela for over 2 years on his autobiography in the 1990s. In a recent essay for Time Magazine, Richard re-visits Nelson Mandela and summarizes the Madiba’s Rules for Leadership.

  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 favorite 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

All of these rules are important individually, but the key is to use them all like Nelson Mandela did throughout his life.

The entire article is available online here.

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