Mandela Leadership Qualities

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“The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves” (“Ray Kroc Quotes”). When Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonalds, said this, he was spot on. The standards, that is qualities or attributes, of a leader show how much they impact and the successfulness of their endeavors. The list of standards includes patience, courage, kindness, and self-control. The president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela exhibited patience throughout his life and many leadership positions. The 1st president of the United States of America, George Washington, shows us courage from stories of his life. One of the most influential women in history, Mother Teresa, teaches us many things about how a leader must be kind to be effective. Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president, gives great examples of self-control while in a leadership position. These examples teach and define what high impact and successful leaders are. Patience is a…show more content…
With courage leading a thought, it becomes an action. Susan Pearse says that without courage, the difference won’t be made; you can’t change anything without facing your fears. Courage is, “Showing up fiercely and completely, bringing your vulnerabilities, imperfections and inadequacies, but not being driven by them.” Although we all have shortcomings, those leading work with an understanding that it isn’t about that. They work in these times of change to accomplish tasks often assumed impossible. Courage requires ‘stepping outside of the comfort zone’. Pearse tells how courage and comfort cannot coexist. If there is comfort present, then the education and growth are limited. Courage may be need in situations that may be dangerous, as on the battlefield, or in more passive settings, such as in addressing others, making decisions, and following rules (Voyer). No matter the context, courage is essential to the success and impact of a
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