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Week 19

Posted by Dan Carter | Posted in One Idea a Day | Posted on 07-04-2014

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Difficult Days, Motivated Leaders

Many leaders find their motivation comes from difficult experiences in their lives. Imagine the hardship that Nelson Mandela faced, 27 years in prison doing hard labour and finally being released from prison in 1990 at age 71 – what did he say that he was going to do with his remaining days?  “I stand here before you not as a prophet as a humble servant of you, the people. Your tireless and heroic sacrifices have made it possible for me to be here today. I therefore place the remaining years of my life in your hands.”  True North Authentic Leadership by Bill George

I know that Nelson Mandela is a very unique and amazing leader, as a matter of fact Leadership Author and Speaker – John Maxwell once said “I don’t know if I have that kind of forgiveness in me, that I would be able to forgive not only my jailers but also forgive the judge that sentenced him to so many years.”

So what can we learn from Mandela’s life?  What do you take away from his story and is it true that in many cases leaders find their motivation from difficult times.  I hope that you will be able to share how you as a leader have been able to use those hardships to help you.  What was the greatest lesson that we can learn from Nelson Mandela’s life?

 

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