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Leadership 3 - Semester 2 Newsletter

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Mandera's Leadership Style

The components of Mandela’s leadership style was developed through his self confidence Mandela was a charismatic leader because his behaviour was that of a unique style. "He was reaching out to the white minority regime while stressing the need for black majority empowerment, this all, being done through peaceful means. Only a man with spiritual substance is able to fulfil his objective through peaceful mean because it requires patience on the part of that person to deal with such a situation that involve’ a great multitude of people. As a super statesman, liberator, and peacemaker, Mandela's opposition to the Iraq War is what was expected from this humble but alert African. He even refused to meet President George Bush of the United States of America when he visited South Africa. (Christian Science Monitor) Mandela was an emotionally stable person as well because he never reacted to his oppressors or to any one and this was evidenced when he was released from prison. He came out Unchanged, and has never been attracted to any sense of vengeance or hatred and his Personal beliefs also remained unchanged. Mandela had a sense of humour- ‘a childlike sense of humour’. At one time Mandela was asked by a foreign correspondent why the ANC was so bent on achieving a two- thirds majority when it already had a clear governing majority, he responded with a polite tirade against his political opposition, which he dismissed as "Mickey Mouse" parties. Tony Leon, the outspoken leader of the liberal opposition Democratic Party, whom he ‘referred’ retorted the next day by saying that Mandela headed a "Goofy" government. Unsettled by the exchange, the reporter of Christian Science Monitor wrote in his Sunday column that the battle between Mickey Mouse and Goofy would be funny if the underlying issues weren't so desperately serious. Shortly after the exchange, Mr. Leon suffered health problems and found himself in the same Johannesburg clinic as Helen Suzman, the veteran civil rights campaigner who was receiving treatment. Mandela went to the clinic to visit Ms. Suzman, who told him that Leon was there, too. Mandela spontaneously went to Leon's ward and from behind a curtain announced himself: "Mickey Mouse, this is Goofy." "I heard this unmistakably familiar voice, but I couldn't believe it was Mandela," said Leon. Leon had sharp political differences with the world's most famous leader. "But he is a wonderful human being," he said. (Christian Science Monitor). Mandela was also assertive as a leader. At one aspect of Mandela that fascinates some admirers and biographers is the ease with which he interacts with the rich and powerful. After being released from jail he soon became a potent fund-raiser for the ANC - both internationally and at home. He was not shy in asking his foreign guests, or anyone else, for funds. He once was known to return a check for $40,000 to a leading South African industrialist because he had asked for four times that amount. Mandela had a warm personality. "This is a man who rewarded his enemies with love and for that commands great respect all over the world" (Kwame Arko, Brazil). By forgiving his tormentors and oppressors, Mandela has proved to the world that Africans are the most civilised people on earth (Dennis Marope, Zimbabwe). (Christian Science Monitor)

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