“He that is greatest among you shall be your servant.” The late Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa, modeled servant leadership in action. His leadership focused on the importance of community-building and empowering others to lead social change. On July 18, 2015, as we observed Nelson Mandela’s 97th birthday and celebrated Nelson Mandela International Day, we are challenged to discover the leader within. For many, this leader may be lying dormant like a sleeping giant because your leadership path is uncertain and your vision is unclear. For others, you may be developing your leadership skills but have yet to take action by leveraging your influence to advance social justice. No matter where you are in your leadership development, you can learn key lessons by exploring the leadership legacy of Nelson Mandela and principles of servant leadership.
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