As we send our condolences to the family and friends of the late South Africa leader and revolutionary, Nelson Rolihlahla “Madiba” Mandela, we should take this moment to reflect on his leadership characteristics we can and should impose on our lives.  Here are three reflections:

  • Know your opponents- Racism isn’t people v. people battle but people v. institutions. Institutions have a greater impact than a people. Rather than fighting against others, pinpoint the ideas, whether systemic and individualized, you disagree with and create of plan of attack.
  • Move Forward- Instead of holding grudges, learn to forgive but not forget. Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years and used his experience for the greater good of all than to be bitter and cause havoc.
  • There’s no limit- So, dream big! The end of apartheid was considered impossible by many but after over three decades of dreaming big and putting effort into his dream, it better a reality. In everything you do, whether personal or profession, challenge yourself and others to want the best in life. If your dream doesn’t scare you, you’re not dreaming big enough.

“Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do and have a fundamental concern for others. There is no passion to be found playing small — in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”

– Nelson Mandela