Nelson Mandela Quotes on Leadership to Reflect at Least Once in Life

April 04, 2022 5 min read

Nelson Mandela Quotes on Leadership

Nelson Mandela - a man with a powerful gift for words and a passion for justice who received more than 250 public honors during his life, including the Nobel Peace Prize. While the man himself is no longer with us, Nelson Mandela quotes on leadership are still an eloquent legacy.  

Nelson Mandela Quotes on Leadership

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His wisdom came from difficult experience, personal struggle, and a commitment to a powerful vision. It also made him a leader truly worth following to people all over the world. Every leader knows how to produce more leaders and he is an expert in it. 

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Nelson Mandela Quotes on Leadership 

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." 
"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." 
"It always seems impossible until it's done." 
"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others." 
“The habit of attending to small things and of appreciating small courtesies is one of the important marks of a good person.” 
Nelson Mandela Quotes on Leadership

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"After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb." 
"A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination." 
"There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered." 
"The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." 
"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." 
“There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair.” 
"If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner."
Nelson Mandela Quotes on Leadership

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"There can be no greater gift than that of giving one's time and energy to help others without expecting anything in return." 
“Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice.” 
"Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farm workers can become the president of a great nation. It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another." 
"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." 
"If you want the cooperation of humans around you, you must make them feel they are important - and you do that by being genuine and humble." 
Nelson Mandela Quotes on Leadership

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"Do not judge me by my success, judge me by how many times I feel down and got back up again." 
"A winner is a dreamer who never gives up." 
“One cannot be prepared for something while secretly believing it will not happen.” 
“Only free men can negotiate. Prisoners cannot enter into contracts.” 
"Part of being optimistic is keeping one's head pointed toward the sun, one's feet moving forward." 
"Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do." 
"Live life as though nobody is watching, and express yourself as though everyone is listening." 
"Lead from the back -- and let others believe they are in front." 
"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." 
"It is so easy to break down and destroy. The heroes are those who make peace and build." 
Nelson Mandela Quotes on Leadership
"You can start changing our world for the better daily, no matter how small the action." 
"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." 
“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” 
"A real leader uses every issue, no matter how serious and sensitive, to ensure that at the end of the debate we should emerge stronger and more united than ever before." 
"As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same." 
"The most difficult matter is not so much to change the world as yourself." 
"May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears." 
“We must strive to be moved by a generosity of spirit that will enable us to outgrow the hatred and conflicts of the past.” 
“I have a special attachment to the people who befriended me during times of distress.” 
“In my country, we go to prison first and then become President.”  
Nelson Mandela Quotes on Leadership

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“One of the things I learned when I was negotiating was that until I changed myself, I could not change others.” 
“It is not the kings and generals that make history but the masses of people.” 
“Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.” 
“A man is never more truthful than when he acknowledges himself a liar.” 
“When the water starts boiling it is foolish to turn off the heat.” 
“Difficulties break some men but make others. No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying.” 
“After climbing a great hill, one only finds that the are many more hills to climb.” 
“Money won’t create success. The freedom to make it will.” 
“It is an achievement for a man to do his duty on Earth irrespective of the consequences.” 
“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.” 
Nelson Mandela Quotes on Leadership

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“Courage is 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.” 
“When I walked out of prison, that was my mission — to liberate the oppressed and the oppressor both.” 
“As a leader of a mass organization, one must listen to the people.”

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Nelson Mandela, a man who hoped with all his heart and soul to end apartheid in South Africa; who harnessed his remarkable energy, resilience and intelligence to that challenge over half a century - much of which he spent in prison; and who inspired millions of people around Africa and the world to work with him toward the fulfillment of his hope. 

Nelson Mandela Quotes on Leadership will stamp your faith. Remember if you dissect words, they give emotions. Strike all your love and leadership emotions with Nelson Mandela Quotes. 


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