10 Leadership Qualities Madiba Taught Us

10 Leadership Qualities Madiba Taught Us

10 Leadership Qualities Madiba Taught Us

Madiba was one of the world's greatest leaders. Here's a wrap up of all the qualities we should take from Nelson Mandela's legendary guidance.

Published February 1, 2017

  1. Patience
    (Photo: Georges De Keerle/Getty Images)

    Don’t let the little things in life distract you from the bigger picture. Have a plan and stick to it. 

  2. Confidence
    CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - APRIL 03:  Nelson Mandela smiles during a lunch to Benefit the Mandela Children's Foundation as part of the celebrations of the opening of the new One&Only Cape Town resort on April 3, 2009 in Cape Town, South Africa. The One&Only is Sol Kerzner's first hotel in his home country since 1992. The 130 room property is One&Only's first Urban resort and sits in the fashionable Waterfront district. Celebrities from all over the world including Mariah Carey, Clint Eastwood, Matt Damon, Morgan Freeman,  Thandie Newton, Marisa Tomei will attend the event. Gordon Ramsay will be launching his first restaurant in Africa at the resort, Maze and Robert De Niro will be opening Nobu. Nelson Mandela will be attending an intimate luncheon at Maze on Friday to celebrate his long-standing relationship with Mr. Kerzner.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Per-Anders Pettersson/Getty Images)

    A great leader is confident. Believe in yourself and your abilities more than anyone else. But don’t allow yourself to be arrogant.

  3. Build
    Still from the miniseries, "Madiba" - cast. (Photo: Marcos Cruz)
    (Photo: Per-Anders Pettersson/Getty Images)

    Build relationships. They matter not just for you, but for society as well.

  4. Inspire
    Nelson Mandela (center) campaigns during the first democratic election, Cape Town, South Africa, 1995. (Photo by Susan Winters Cook/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Per-Anders Pettersson/Liaison Agency)

    Inspire others and make sure that your leadership is positive. Be someone that people should admire.

  5. Vision
    Still from the miniseries, "Madiba". (Photo: Marcos Cruz)
    (Photo: ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)

    Have a vision for what you intend to do. A leader always executes with well thought out plans. See all the possibilities and how it will effect you and your team long term.

  6. Honesty
    Still from the miniseries, "Madiba". (Photo: Marcos Cruz)
    (Photo: WALTER DHLADHLA/AFP/Getty Images)

    Be honest with yourself and others. It’s the best policy because it avoids problems and opens up communication between yourself and the ones you’re leading.

  7. Enable
    Still from the miniseries, "Madiba". (Photo: Marcos Cruz)
    (Photo: WALTER DHLADHLA/AFP/Getty Images)

    Help others to grow, create guidance and set a tone for how things should be done.

  8. Achieve
    Nelson Mandela and his wife Winnie attend a concert at Wembley Stadium to celebrate his release from prison, 16th April 1990. (Photo by Georges De Keerle/Getty Images)
    (Photo: RAJESH JANTILAL/AFP/Getty Images)

    Focus on results. Be a man or woman of your word. Actions speak louder than words.

  9. Positivity
    Former South African President Nelson Mandela, dressed in traditional Shembe clothes, greets 30 000 followers, 06 July 2000, of the Shembe Nazarite Church at Inanda some 45 kilometres from Durban.        (Photo credit should read RAJESH JANTILAL/AFP/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Susan Winters Cook/Getty Images)

    Dont let it show when things get you down. There are people looking up to you!

  10. RESOLUTION
    Still from the miniseries, "Madiba". (Photo: Marcos Cruz)
    (Photo: Marcos Cruz)

    Focus on interests and needs. A great leader sees what needs to be done for the greater good. A great leader isn't biased and thinks logically about solutions.

Written by BET Staff

(Photo from top: WALTER DHLADHLA/AFP/Getty Images)

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