Nelson Mandela Leadership Analysis

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The concepts of Idealised influence, inspirational motivation, intellectual stimulation and individualized consideration were all core characteristics of a leader before his time. The late Nelson Mandela was a simple man at his core coming from a foundation of tribal tradition and hierarchy. These beliefs were challenged when he went to school and found that political powers were using tribalism to keep the black South Africans from the ability to make a change in their way of life. Mandela’s personal credibility was defined by major social movements that lead to one of the worlds most talked about Political arrests. Influential in his leadership Nelson contributed to the boycotting of University policies in his early years which started a…show more content…
People from all over the country cementing their belief in harmony they lined for days to ensure that their leader chosen would be at the helm. Nelson Mandela demonstrated through affiliative leadership in his campaign to office that change can be a hard notion for most but with the right attitude and the right people around you the change can lead to a better outcome. As a transformational leader throughout his years Nelson Mandela showed that he could adapt his style for the audience he was engaging, whilst captivating them and morphing to be the voice and leader they needed, therefore gaining the confidence of the person(s) he was speaking with at the time. Once he felt the country was in a more stable point he moved on to incorporate Maszlo’s hierarchy of needs by improving Psychological and Safety needs of the country with improved living standards and implementing a new constitution whilst prohibiting discrimination across all minorities. Nelson Mandela worked with the willing showing that sometimes the best advisors can be from an unexpected team with the former Prime Minister Frederik Willhem de Klerk as his deputy whilst he was president a true showing of his ability to put ego aside and work collaboratively with all that…show more content…
A single person with a vision or defiance against the power or the numbers can set in motion a chain reaction of provoking thought, of meaningful change and with belief in the vision anyone can be showed the path to success but sometimes you find strength in being the voice for those who didn’t think they could be a leader. He placarded himself as the face of his cause knowing to well the obvious danger it would place himself and his party in. Much like a leader who dares to stand out and be different, to show that there is another way and potentially evoke change for the good. That there is true belief in the long term social impact of a cause. Leadership that sparks the flame of change, leadership that encourages all its followers to become leaders themselves. “Lead from the back — and let others believe they are in front” Nelson Mandela. Nelson Mandela knew that he would need his followers to understand that they needed the change in order to succeed he also knew he wasn’t a perfect man and this self-awareness and understanding only gained him more respect among the people. A person’s ability to evoke empathy will greatly reflect on the level of involvement given from its followers. Mandela’s ability to show we wasn’t just one of the people but he was an advocate for all

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