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Running head: LEADERSHIP OF NELSON MANDELALeadership of Nelson MandelaName of the Student:Name of the University:Author note:
1LEADERSHIP OF NELSON MANDELAIntroductionBorn on July 18, 1918, Nelson Mandela was a South African anti-apartheidrevolutionary, philanthropist and politician who served from 1994 to 1999 as the president ofSouth Africa (Keller, 2013). The government of Nelson Mandela was focused on outbuildingthe existing legacy of poverty, inequality, racial reconciliation and racism in the country. Hewas committed to the nonviolence resistance and was highly influenced by MohandasKaramchand Gandhi.Nelson Mandela was a man with strong personality. He was emotionally stable,agreeable and extraversion (Farrington, 2012). His ability to manage and control his emotionsat the time when others were unable has imprisoned him. He was emerging in his life withouthatred and bitterness. He used to place forgiveness actively before everything. With the same,Mandela declared his opinions thoughtfully and he finely guided opinions in his favor(Lukhele, 2012). Mandela’s vision and extreme passion for ending the cruel apartheid systemin the country and setting it in a path of freedom was the root cause that he was so muchready and disposed to sacrifice his life for. What made him different from others was hisgrace and dignity. Furthermore, his personality also include conscientiousness. Whilelistening to his ancestral stories of bravery at the time of wars of opposition in defense of hisland, he used to dream of making his contribution to the country’s struggle for freedom. Oneof the major aspects of a true leader is his integrity and truthfulness, which nelson too possess(Northouse, 2017). He was highly known and respected for his honesty and ultimately, he didexactly what he said and this integrity played an essential role in making him a role model ofmany of the leaders today. Moreover, the openness in his attitude made him to see throughthe discrimination and differences that were existing that time, to a future of common unity,humanity and peace.
2LEADERSHIP OF NELSON MANDELARelationship with charismatic leadershipOne of the key characteristics of an effective leader is that, the leader can motivate thepeople through their actions. This trait of the effective leadership can also be matched withNelson Mandela. This is due to the reason that, Nelson Mandela was having the power andinfluences to motivate his followers by his words and can attract huge crowds. Thus, aneffective leader can only achieve such feat. Moreover, Nelson Mandela can also beconsidered as a charismatic leader. This is due to the reason that, Charismatic leaders shouldhave the power to create vision for his followers. In the case of the Nelson Mandela also, hehad the power to create vision among his followers. During the agitation in South Africa,Nelson Mandela was confident about the result of his way of leading people and the outcomewas in accordance to his vision. Thus, in this case also, he can be termed as charismaticleader. One of the key features of charismatic leadership that was with the Nelson Mandela isthe immense popularity among his followers. Nelson Mandela is one of the few personalitiesin the world who are having huge popularity around the world. Thus, only a charismaticleader can achieve this immense popularity around the world.According to him, a good leader is one who can engage in a debate thoroughly andfrankly by knowing that at the end the other side and he must be closer and hence, willemerge stronger. The characteristic of a good leader is he must possess in him the sense ofself-awareness, self-direction, vision, social awareness and ability to motivate. Nelson Modelpossessed each of these above qualities within him and with the same; he was a charismaticleader as well. He was exceptional. He used to motivate his people and maintain coordinationwith his superiors. His wisdom was built over the years of experience and he was matureenough to take decisions. He was self-confident and he believed that he has the ability toachieve his mission of saving his from the brutal apartheid system. He never expressed anysort of doubt about his vision, goal and decision.
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