Nelson Mandela has been as much about strategy as about charisma, writes Paul J.H. Schoemaker. Some of Mandela's key decisions, such as his refusal to leave prison without an unconditional pardon, revealed an acute understanding of the broader context within which his decisions would be read. "What Mandela offers aspiring strategic leaders is a living example of how complex societal forces, uncompromising values and key moments of decision can be woven together ... into a compelling vision that can transform a political party, a nation and even the world," Schoemaker writes.
The inspiration of Nelson Mandela's strategic genius