an essay that discusses the leadership style of the late President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela

-How he used what he learned from prison to run a country
-How it changed him..

an essay that discusses the leadership style of the late President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela. I intend to carry the reader through a journey through his self-transformation, that took place in prison over 27 years, and how that time informed his leadership style. Nelson Mandela spent twenty-seven years in prison; entering at the age of 42. Mandela’s close friend at the time described him as “passionate, emotional, sensitive, quickly stung to bitterness and retaliation by insult and patronage.”1 The Nelson Mandela who emerged from prison at seventy two was a different man than the man who arrived, not just because of age, but because of values and lessons Mandela carried in which he used to lead a country. Mandela would often praise people by using the words “balanced”, “measured” and “controlled”, which he would say was a reflection of himself. This paper will expand on how Mandela was able to learn leadership, discipline and patience while in prison, taking that, and carrying a country though freedom and peace with that knowledgique.

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