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Transcript of Nelson Mandela
- take responsibility for what he cultivates
- mind his work
- try to repel enemies
- preserve what can be preserved
- eliminate what cannot succeed Mandela patiently waited and never forgot his crop Mandela’s passion and dedication gave him the energy to fight for the rights of his people. It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur take the front line when there is danger then people will appreciate your leadership “As a leader... I have always endeavored to listen to what each and every person in a discussion had to say before venturing my own opinion. Oftentimes, my own opinion will simply represent a con-sensus of what I heard in the discussion. I always remember the axiom: a leader is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind.” "Move out ahead of the flock, go off in a new direction, confident that he is leading his people the right way” “Leading from behind” is especially necessary initially because the “shepherd’s” own control over members of the “flock” is inherently limited.
The key to the “shepherd’s” power is knowledge of his flock
Mandela's notions of leadership were profoundly influenced by observing the
Regent during the meetings at the "Great Place" style of play was slow and deliberate strategy conservative carefully considered the ramifications of every option took a long time between moves Know your enemy 1985 he’s offered his freedom if he promises to reject violence as a political tool. He says no because a prisoner can’t bargain.
Lead without losing the base (i.e negotiating from prison when he said he wouldn’t negotiate as a prisoner; took a risk but made sure his supporters understood his strategy)
Mandela sees the power conflict between ANC and government, and by extension between black and white in S. A. as a whole, in variable-sum rather than zero-sum terms: both sides stand to gain from a political settlement, both sides lose in the event of civil war. There is a significant risk in making the first move toward compromise, because of “the information it yields, or may seem to yield, about one’s eagerness”
Keep friends close and enemies closer
Appearances matter. He made sure he looked like a leader in dress; used his smile to send a message about forgiveness that he may not have always felt My style of play was slow and deliberate; my strategy conservative. I carefully considered the ramifications of every option and took a long time between moves. dog