Mandela: His 8 Lessons of Leadership by Richard Steele – Time Magazine, July 21, 2008, pgs 43-48
“The world’s greatest moral leader reflects on a lifetime of service-and what the rest of us can learn from it.”
1.) Courage is not the absence of fear-it’s inspiring others to move beyond it.
2.) Lead from the front-but don’t leave your base behind.
3.) Lead from the back-and let others believe they are in front.
4.) Know your enemy-and learn about his favorite sport.
5.) Keep your friends close-and your rivals closer.
6.) Appearances matter-and remember to smile.
7.) Nothing is black or white.
8.) Quitting is leading too.
My graduate professor shared this list with me in my Library Management course. Today, I try to apply these leadership skills in my classroom.