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Preface by Nelson Mandela . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ix

A Complex Man . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Courage Is Not the Absence of Fear . . . . . . . . .21 Be Measured . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Lead from the Front . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Lead from the Back . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 Look the Part . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Have a Core Principle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 See the Good in Others . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 Know Your Enemy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .131 Keep Your Rivals Close . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .149 Know When to Say No . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .161 It’s a Long Game . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .169 Love Makes the Difference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .179

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Quitting Is Leading Too . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .199 It’s Always Both . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .207 Find Your Own Garden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .215

Mandela’s Gift . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .225

Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .241

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Preface

In Africa there is a concept known as ubuntu—the profound sense that we are human only through the humanity of others; that if we are to accomplish anything in this world, it will in equal measure be due to the work and achievements of others. Richard Stengel is one of those people who readily grasps this idea. He is an outstanding writer with a deep understanding of our history. We are enormously grateful to him for his collaboration on the creation of Long Walk to Freedom. We have fond memories of the many hours of conversation and hard work we put in together on that project. He has shown remarkable insight into the many complex leadership challenges still facing the world today and all the individuals in it. Everyone can learn from it. —Nelson Mandela, November 2008

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A Complex Man

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e long for heroes but have too few. Nelson Mandela is perhaps the last pure hero on the planet. He is the smiling symbol of sacrifice and rectitude, revered by millions as a living saint. But this image is one-dimensional. He would be the first to tell you that he is far from a saint—and that is not false modesty. Nelson Mandela is a man of many contradictions. He is thick-skinned but easily wounded. He is sensitive to how others feel but often ignores those closest to him. He is generous with money but counts his pennies when giving a tip. He will not step on a cricket or spider but was the first commander of the African National Congress’s military wing. He is a man of the people but revels in the company of celebrities. He is eager to please but not afraid to say no. He doesn’t like to take credit, but will let you know when he should get it. He shakes the hands of everyone in the kitchen but doesn’t know all of his bodyguards’ names. 3

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Mandela’s Way

His persona is a mixture of African royalty and British aristocracy. He is a Victorian gentleman in a silk dashiki. His manners are courtly—after all, he learned them in colonial British schools from headmasters who read Dickens when Dickens was still writing. He is formal: He will bow slightly and hold out his arm for you to go first. But he is not the least bit finicky or prim—he will talk in almost clinical detail about the toilet routine in prison on Robben Island or how it felt when his foreskin was sliced off in his tribal circumcision ritual at the age of sixteen. He will use fancy silverware when he is in London or Johannesburg, but when he is in his home area of the Transkei he enjoys eating with his hands, as...
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