Here are is a list of 8 leadership points from Nelson Mandela that were originally published in Time magazine -
- Courage is not the absence of fear - it's inspiring others to move beyond it. Even if you are afraid, pretend not to be and therefore inspire others.
- Lead from the front but don't leave your base behind. Take the long view on issues.
- Lead from the back - and let others think they are in front. Let others speak their minds first, listen then summarise - then speak your mind. Take a considered approach to situations.
- Know your enemy - and learn about his favorite sport. Speak your opponents language.
- Keep your friends close - and your rivals even closer. Always be aware of what your rivals are up to. Use your rivals to your benefit and betterment. Choose to trust people.
- Appearances matter - and remember to smile. The way you dress tells a story and you choose what that story will be. Also engage with people using the symbols and the customary methods to engage with them.
- Nothing is black and white. "To look for simple explanations is the human way but it doesn't correspond to reality.
- Quitting is leading too. Learn how to walk away from a failed idea. Admitting you are wrong takes courage and humility.
Check out the original article over at Time.com.