On Mandela: Leading From The Front

Today, politicians do whatever it takes to stay in power. They poll the country, find out what attitudes will sell, and then set up organizations to send different messages to different constituencies, trying to make themselves look like what the polls tell them people want. Mostly, they don’t lead at all, and if they do, they lead from behind.

Mandela had a vision for what a good society would look like, and tried to encourage people towards it. “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,” he wrote after being freed. He led from the front, having paid the price that guaranteed he knew firsthand what he was talking about.

POSTED — December 12, 2013 — Column, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung