Jul 16, 2008

Mandela: 8 Lessons of Leadership

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela is a former President of South Africa, the first to be elected in fully representative democratic elections. As President from May 1994 until June 1999, Mandela presided over the transition from minority rule and apartheid, winning international respect for his advocacy of national and international reconciliation.

This week's Time magazine cover features Nelson Mandela at 90 years of age. It contains 8 leadership lessons that current Malaysian political leaders of any shade and, business leaders, will do well to abide by.
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.

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