Nelson Mandela’s Powerful Quotes on Leadership

  • It is better to lead from behind and to 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 your leadership.
  • I was not a messiah, but an ordinary man who had become a leader because of extraordinary circumstances.
  • There are times when a leader must move out ahead of the flock, go off in a new direction, confident that he is leading his people the right way.
  • Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.
  • It always seems impossible until its done.
  • 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.
  • If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.
  • There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.
  • A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.
  • We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.
  • 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.
  • After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.
  • 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.
  • Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will.
  • Courageous people do not fear forgiving, for the sake of peace.
  • When the water starts boiling it is foolish to turn off the heat.
  • Our human compassion binds us the one to the other – not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.
  • I stand here before you not as a prophet, but as a humble servant of you, the people.
  • I have been influenced in my thinking by both west and east.
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