MANDELA’S WAY ~ Lesson No. 3


This is the third post in this series of 15 lessons taken from the book MANDELA'S WAY written by Richard Stengel .

EXTRACT : "Throughout his life , Mandela took risks to lead . If he were a soldier , he would be the one jumping out of the foxhole and leading the charge across the field of battle . His view is that leaders must not only lead , they must be seen to be leading – that is part of the job description . It is almost as though he is afraid that anyone would ever say or think that he was unwilling to take those risks . Even in personal relationships , he believed that you should take the lead . If there is something bothering you , if you feel you have been treated unfairly , you must say so . That is leading too .

Leading from the front meant many things . Sometimes he took the words literally , as when he first came onto Robben Island . He stepped to the front of the line of prisoners entering the island , under the stares and taunts of the guards , in order to show the others how to react . Right from the start you had to stand up to the guards , he told his colleagues , and he took the lead in doing so . But leading from the front also meant doing things that did not necessarily attract attention . It meant not accepting any special preferences and doing the same tasks as other prisoners … there is nothing beneath a leader ."


  1. Jingle on July 26, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    this is cool.
    don't don't you place this at bluebell today, you can place all three together.
    your blog is fabulous, keep up the excellence.

    • mish on July 26, 2011 at 9:18 pm

      Yes , that is an excellent idea … I will include them in future posts !

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