Nelson Mandela is often referenced as a great leader, particularly since his recent passing. What made him so great…if we could replicate many of his traits and behaviours the leadership influence would be significant.
As Nelson Mandela was laid to rest on Sunday, among the hills of his ancestral homeland, it made me think about what made Mandela the great leader that people spoke of.
The people of South Africa said the following about their former leader:
“I’ve always seen Mandela as a father figure.”
“I’ve always admired his humanity, openness and forgiveness.”
“He taught us to love one another.”
I think the quotes above and my own belief is that a great leader isn’t just about what a person does, but also who they are as a person.
For me personally, some qualities of a great leader include: being of service to others, trustworthiness, dependability, compassion and love.
I think many of these leadership qualities are also true of a great coach.
In conclusion, one of my favorite leadership quotes is by Nelson Mandela who says, “It is better to lead from behind and put others in…
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