The movie Invictus tells us the story of how Nelson Mandela managed to create a democratic South Africa -no longer led by the Apartheid politics– by bringing two races to live together. We see Mandela fulfilling multiple roles in his conquest of peace and equality. In fact, he reveals not only to be a diplomat but also a politician, a lawyer, a pragmatist, and a tactician. All of his actions made from 1990 to 1995 -the period reflected in the movie- were driven by one clear goal. Indeed, in spite of focusing on all the economical, social and political issues left by the former government, Nelson Mandela wants to reunite the people in South Africa and to erase black and white races divergences. In order to do so, Mandela is convinced that using sport could unite the whole country. That is why the leader will assign François Pienaar, captain of the national rugby team, the mission of winning the rugby World Cup. Through supporting this team, we can see little by little that people start to communicate with each other again, to support each other, and to overcome racial differences. This report is to analyse the key aspects of Mandela’s successful leadership. We will focus our attention in four main competencies that Nelson Mandela shows as a leader : taking charge, strategic visioning, communication, and integrity. Taking Charge
This competency is driven by the leader’s capacity to make decision, to delegate, and to be responsible. From my point of view, Nelson Mandela’s best display of this leadership quality is when he decides to go to the comity reunion where people voted to eliminate the colors, the emblem, and the name of the Springboks. The President has this long speech to convince the comity to change their vote and to restore the rugby team. He has these words “Our enemy is no longer the Afrikaners. They are our fellow South Africans, our partners in Democracy and this treasure Springboks rugby, if we take that away, we loose them. […] This is...
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