Contemplating effective leadership and individuals who inspire us to make a positive impact is a personal passion as well as a professional one. Nelson Mandela is often named as an example of a role model when speaking to students about qualities that great leaders possess. His passing yesterday did not go unrecognized on our campus. It prompted conversations between colleagues and students about the impact Mandela made on the global community in his lifetime, his values including resilience and forgiveness, and the progress that can be made in one lifetime.
This reflection from thought leader, Seth Godin felt like a fitting message to our community.
Others can better write about Nelson Mandela’s impact on the world stage, on how he stood up for the dignity of all people and on how he changed our world.
For those that seek to make a change in the world, whether global or local, one lesson of his life is this:
You can make a difference.You can stand up to insurmountable forces.You can put up with far more than you think you can.Your lever is far longer than you imagine it is, if you choose to use it.If you don’t require the journey to be easy or comfortable or safe, you can change the world.
As I have written about before in this space…. we need to lead with a global mindset, ever motivated by people like Madiba, ready to do the work for the greater good so we can collectively live better lives.