While we offer our condolences in the recent loss of ex-South African president, Nelson Mandela, we find applicable examples from his life that work in the business world. CEOs can learn a variety of lessons from this man’s seemingly simple, yet exquisite life.
- Be the Master of your Fate
Whether you are planning a drastic career change or hoping to advance within your company, you can practice one of Mandela’s ideas to accomplish your best. While imprisoned for his political beliefs, Mandela discovered that the best way to get along with other prisoners and guards was by maintaining humility. By harnessing his desires and, instead, deciphering what others wanted or needed, Mandela experienced that he could forge relationships even with people who held different opinions. Integrate this mentality into your business relationships and you’ll discover as easier path toward common ground.
- Set Big Goals
Uniting his fragile country under the victory of the 1995 Rugby World Cup seemed an impossible goal for Mandela. However, that’s exactly what happened. In your workplace, there is nothing wrong with making big plans as long as you’re willing to work for them.
Utilize the skills Mandela showcased when you enter the corporate board room. A big goal, a positive attitude, and a humble approach to your work can lead to endless success.