This week South Africa, with the support and prayers of the world, will lay Nelson Mandela to rest.
As the news spread of his passing, I read numerous articles reflecting upon Mandela’s life and leadership.
Here are some of the best:
7 Aspects of the Man: Nelson Mandela by Ron Edmonson
Nelson Mandela. He is referred to as the “Father of a Nation”. He lived a life of inspiration. He is mourned around the world. His life was long, and varied. He had plenty of highs and lows. Married and divorced three times. Prison. Labeled a terrorist. I don’t know all his story. Probably neither do most of you, but, from what. I know, I’m impressed how he ended. He finished well.
Mandela Saw the Wisdom in Leading From Behind by Ilan Mochari
In his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, Nelson Mandela likens leadership to shepherding, of all things: “He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind.”
Leadership Lessons From Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom by Jill Krasny
Mandela eventually comes to realize that he’s at his strongest when has other shoulders to lean on.