Friday Stream of Consciousness – 102

stream of consciousness

Here are some things on my mind this Friday morning:

•Rest in peace, Nelson Mandela. If you are interested in getting to know Mandela while gleaning fine leadership lessons from him at the same time, allow me to heartily recommend Richard Stengel’s, Mandela’s Way: Lessons on Life, Love and Courage. Mandela himself wrote the preface, and Stengel had uncommon access to Mandela. It’s an outstanding read.
•Here are some pearls I liked…among many…
•In the face of intimidation by prison guards, Mandela was known to stand his ground or even fight back verbally. He admitted to being terrified even as he did so, saying, “I can pretend to be brave.” Stengel writes of Mandela’s view of courage, “Pretend to be brave and you not only become brave, you are brave.”
•Stengel writes, “Yes, as a young man he often tried to create a stir, but the idea for him now is that it is better to be a little dull and trustworthy than fiery and unclear.”

Leadership Mandela’s Way, part 2, On Making Decisions

Continuing studying some of the leadership lessons of Nelson Mandela: Mandela assumed the best of people. He said, "It's a good thing to assume, to act on the basis that others are men of integrity and honor, because you tend to attract integrity and honor if that is how you regard those with whom you […]

Leadership Mandela’s Way

For the last few weeks, I've been chipping away at the Richard Stengel's book Mandela's Way: Fifteen Lessons on Life, Love and Courage. Nelson Mandela has always been a fascinating figure to me. This was my first effort at looking at his leadership style more up close. Stengel, the author, served as Mandela's biographer and […]