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3 leadership lessons to learn from Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013

Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013

Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013

By Catherine Osler, President of TEC Canada.

The world has lost a great leader. His legacy leaves us with so many valuable lessons.  Among those, he taught us to find a large and meaningful purpose, to dedicate yourself to it with passion and to be guided by your dreams – not your fears.

“Lead from the back – and let others believe they are in front”

Leadership is a word often relegated to the corner office and the world of commerce. Mandela showed us that leadership belongs to all. All of us have the capability to lead, to take a first step towards something we care about, something we want to change, something we are compelled to change.

“To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.”

He called us to a higher purpose, to take on injustice and discrimination. He spoke in a way in which we recognized ourselves, our humanity and that of those around us and stirred us to action.  He inspired human ingenuity, human creativity and human compassion and triumph.

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”

The hard task of affecting social and cultural change is often left to someone else to drive especially in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds and injustice.  Mandela lived the belief that leaders must travel the road of which they speak.  He showed us the power of taking the uncertain path, acting with forgiveness, care and wisdom.

May we all keep our heads pointed toward the sun and our feet moving forward.

2 Responses to “3 leadership lessons to learn from Nelson Mandela”

  1. zhazha92

    Reblogged this on thirdworldlyproblems and commented:
    With his passing just yesterday, I thought this post was necessary to reblog with its simplicity in the wisdom of words and legacy Nelson Mandela has left behind. Rest in Peace.


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