“Let there be peace for all. Let there be justice for all. The sun shall never set on such a glorious human achievement.” – Nelson Mandela
We join the rest of the world to celebrate the incredible impact and legendary life of Nelson Mandela. While much can be said about his character, his integrity, his leadership and his vision, the world is also losing a tremendous communicator. A trailblazer, peacemaker, leader and role model, we thank Nelson Mandela for the infinite lessons– among them, how to be a better communicator.
6 Communications Lessons We Can Learn from Nelson Mandela:
Maintain Humble Confidence. Even in the later part of Nelson Mandela’s life, after he had already proved his stripes as an international leader, he never let it get to his head. Exemplified in this clip from his interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2000, Nelson Mandela kept his focus on his team and his collaborators. Be confident – and stay humble.
Don’t Forget to Say Thank You. One of the best things you can do as a leader is to say thank you. It communicates gratitude, encouragement and positive reinforcement. During his first public speech after over 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela was greeted to thunderous applause. Though his remarks were short, he started by saying thank you, and he closed by saying thank you. Remember your listeners – and never forget to thank them.
Change is a Process: Keep Focusing on Continuous Improvement. Nelson Mandela worked tirelessly to create change. Ending apartheid was a long battle, as was leading South Africa. Nelson Mandela even retired from retirement to champion new causes, foundations, funds, and scholarships. Change is a process. There is always something for each of us to work on – personally and professionally. Never stop making improvements.
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