15 Leadership Lessons
from Nelson Mandela
by Stewardship Central | Leadership | Comment
Since God owns everything, every area of
life belongs to Him. That includes the
area of leadership.
Just like believers are called to faithfully
manage God’s resources for God’s glory,
leaders—including church leaders—
are called to be wise stewards of their
leadership. God expects them to nurture
those He has placed under their care and
challenge those folks to become all God
has created them to be.
Nelson Mandela, the South African
leader who passed away in December,
understood this important connection
between leadership and stewardship.
He recognized the responsibility of
leaders to care for those who rely on
them, and his example has inspired
leaders in governments, businesses and
churches around the world.
To celebrate Mandela’s legacy, we’re
listing some of our favorite Mandela
quotes on leadership and courage. There
is a lesson to be learned from each
one of these little pearls. Pick your
favorite—although it might be too hard to
select just one.
1. It is wise to persuade people to do
things and make them think it was their
2. A good head and a good heart are
always a formidable combination.
3. It is better to lead from behind and put
others in front, especially when you
celebrate victory when nice things occur.
You take the front line when there is
danger. Then people will appreciate
4. The greatest glory in living lies not in
never falling, but in rising every time
5. Everyone can rise above their
circumstances and achieve success if they
are dedicated to and passionate about
what they do.
6. A good leader can engage in a debate
frankly and thoroughly, knowing that at
the end he and the other side must be
closer, and thus emerge stronger. You
don’t have that idea when you are
arrogant, superficial and uninformed.
7. There is no passion to be found playing
small— in settling for a life that is less
than the one you are capable of living.
8. I learned that courage was not the
absence of fear, but the triumph over
it. The brave man is not he who does not
feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.
9. If you talk to a man in a language he
understands, that goes to his head. If
you talk to him in his language, that goes
to his heart.
10. No one is born hating another person
because of the color of his skin, or his
background, or his religion. People must
learn to hate, and if they can learn to
hate, they can be taught to love, for
love comes more naturally to the human
heart than its opposite.
11. Education is the most powerful
weapon you can use to change the world.
12. It always seems impossible until it’s
13. 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.
14. After climbing a great hill, one only
finds that there are many more hills to
15. When the water starts boiling, it is
foolish to turn off the heat.
What is your favorite quote from Mr.
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