Be Inspired With These 25 Leadership Quotes of Nelson Mandela
Talk about the great leaders in Africa and all over the world, and you will mention Nelson Mandela. This is a man who stood up for what he believed in by working with words and actions. He served over 25 years in prison because of his freedom fight for South Africans, or if you like for the entire Africa.
A man with a powerful gift for words and a passion for justice, Mandela received over 250 public honors during his life, including the Nobel Peace Prize.
Mandela passed away in late 2013 but his life, teachings, and eloquent legacy through his many speeches and his writing remains in our minds. His wisdom, personal struggle, and a commitment to a powerful vision; made him a leader truly worth following to people all over the world.
Nelson Mandela is one of the greatest leaders that ever lived. As the world marks his 100th birthday come July 18, it’s necessary to look into some of his famous quotes on leadership for more inspiration.
Here are some of the best and powerful leadership quotes by Nelson Mandela:
1.The greatest glory in living is not in falling, but in rising every time we fall.
2. For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.
3. After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.
4. A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.
5. It is in your hands, to make a better world for all who live in it.
6. In my country we go to prison first and then become President.
7. The habit of attending to small things and of appreciating small courtesies is one of the important marks of a good person.
8. Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.
9. Live life as though nobody is watching, and express yourself as though everyone is listening.
10. Lead from the back — and let others believe they are in front.
11. I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.
12. Sometimes, it falls upon a generation to be great. You can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.
13. Poverty is not an accident. Like slavery and apartheid, it is man-made and can be removed by the actions of human beings.
14. Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
15. A good leader can engage in a debate frankly and thoroughly, knowing that at the end he and the other side must be closer, and thus emerge stronger. You don’t have that idea when you are arrogant, superficial, and uninformed.
16. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mine worker can become the head of the mine.
17. If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.
18. A real leader uses every issue, no matter how serious and sensitive, to ensure that at the end of the debate we should emerge stronger and more united than ever before.
19. As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
20. The most difficult matter is not so much to change the world as yourself.
21. One cannot be prepared for something while secretly believing it will not happen.
22. It is an achievement for a man to do his duty on Earth irrespective of the consequences.
23. When people are determined they can overcome anything.
24. Forget the past.
25. We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.
I am the Founder and President of Young Leaders Arena. Formerly I was the Chief Editor and program co-ordinator at Walktall. Author of the upcoming Book; Success Recipe: Start up Tool-kit for exceptional business growth. I have written numerous articles on both leadership, business start up, entrepreneurship. I have served as thought leader in many societies and organisations, including the Forum on Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. I obtained my post graduate from the prestigious University of Port Harcourt. I also have a Bachelors from the Delta State University, Abraka. Twitter & Instagram: @Charlessholokwu