What do you know about Nelson Mandela other than he is one of the greatest people in the whole wide world? Mandela was the only black law student at Witwatersrand University and the business owner of the first black firm in Johannesburg.
Not only was he awarded well over 80 honorary awards and multiple peace prizes including the Nobel, but history built him into one of the most respected leaders on a global scale. His character is a rarity; therefore, discover his exceptional qualities:
1. Passion in this case is born:
Mandela was passionate and was a believer in principles. His values lied in ending white and black supremacy. Discrimination was not an option.
2. Focus on the tactics:
Nelson Mandela realized that the best way to resolve an issue is mastering tactics since not all people live by the same principles. When he had to face opponents, the strategy in communicating with them made a huge difference.
3. Speak the competition’s language:
Even if the person you were facing is one of the toughest characters you have come across, learn his/her methods of communication and when you understand, you will learn how to get the deal done.
4. You cannot break a family bond:
Your followers should be as important as your closest family. Even when Mandela was in a very dark place, he never once neglected his supporters. E.g. “Wait chaps, some good may come of this.” As Ahmed Kathrada quotes Mandela as he was separated from his supporters within prison.
5. The smallest achievement goes a long way:
Triumph for Nelson Mandela was important. Do not forget to enjoy and even celebrate your success- even if it was modest.
6. When fear knocks on your door:
When Mandela was in a plane once, one of the engines shut down and the pilot had to make an emergency landing; Mandela kept reading the paper as if he was sitting on a bench in the park. Nelson Mandela was afraid a few times, but when he was, he never showed it. He was calm composed even during hardship. It is an element one hides as a leader.