#205 – Acknowledging a Great Leader

Last week’s post addressed the subject of acknowledgement. The recent death of Nelson Mandela is an opportunity to acknowledge a truly great leader whose life and accomplishments will have lasting meaning and impact. Nelson Mandela is a wonderful role model for leaders everywhere. He was confident without being arrogant. He was intelligent, strong, and courageous. He conducted himself with integrity, dignity and grace. He was charismatic and optimistic, an inspirational representative of determination. His vision and resolve were immutable. I admired him greatly, and consider him to be one of the greatest leaders of our time. In addition to his intelligence and skill, Mandela was also wise, and his insights are often quoted. Here is one of my favorites.

Food for Thought ~

“I am fundamentally an optimist. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed towards the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lies defeat and death.”
Nelson Mandela

Question for the day ~

How might Nelson Mandela be a role model for you?

~ Another Mandela Quote ~

“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.”

In memoriam, Nelson Mandela, 1918 – 2013.