NELSON MANDELA — The icon of Leadership and Humanity !!
For Nelson Mandela, CONSENSUS must be its own reward, for he does not always get his way.
He urged the A.N.C. (African National Congress) to reduce the voting age to 14, but his colleagues refused. Once he has lost, he publicly speaks in favor of the position he opposed.
Nelson Mandela : ” I sometimes come to the National Executive Committee with an idea and they overrule me. I obey them, even when they are wrong. “
He then added with a smile ; That’s DEMOCRACY.
Mandela has always taken the long view, and sometimes this gives him victories in battles that were started decades ago.
Mandela style derives from a hard-won discipline.
Oliver Tambo, his former law partner, once described the youthful Mandela as “passionate, emotional, sensitive, quickly stung to bitterness and retaliation by insult and patronage.” — Who can discern these characteristic in the controlled Nelson Mandela of today? Nelson Mandela is now prizes rationality, logic, compromise, and distrust sentiment.
Prison steeled him, and over the decades he came to see emotion not as an ally but as a demon to be shunned.
How was the man who emerged from prison different from the one who went in?
Mandela : ” I came out mature.”
It is NOT simply that he harbors little bitterness in his heart ; He knows that bitterness will NOT move him an inch closer to his goal.
Mandela dutifully smiled in all directions for the photographers, his mind seemed both on the past and on the future.He thought back to his fallen comrades who did not live to share his victory and ahead to how he would contrive to forge one nation out of the dividend land. His percentage moment of triumph gratifies him but comes with unsought consequences while in jail.
Mandela was surrounded by armed guards who never took their eyes off him. Now, wherever Mandela goes he is surrounded by armed guards who never take their eyes off him. In a sense, he has EXCHANGED on form of prison for another, and the revolutionary who was a threat to the state has become the prisoner of fame and power.
In the midst of his election he lamented the fact that he did not have time to play with his beloved grandchild. It is the burden of the leadership he was born to and has achieved.
THERE IS NO EASY WALK TO SUCCESS ANYWHERE, AND MANY OF US WILL HAVE TO PASS THROUGH THE VALLEY AGAIN AND AGAIN BEFORE WE REACH THE MOUNTAIN TOP OF OUR DESIRES.