Leadership lessons from Nelson Mandela

06/26/2013 | Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The

With Nelson Mandela battling a severe lung infection, Jena McGregor looks to the South African icon's past interviews for insight on his leadership style. Mandela knew the power of words and symbols in inspiring followers and winning over enemies, but he also believed that leadership was ultimately a way of serving others. "What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead," he said in 2002.

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