Becoming the Captain of Your Professional Soul—Utilizing the Inspiration of Nelson Mandela

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.

About Charlotte Weeks - Executive Career Coach / Executive Resume Writer / Outplacement Consultant

Prior to founding Weeks Career Services, Inc. Charlotte Weeks worked in human resources at a national association, where she experienced the hiring process from the other side. She's also the past president of The National Resume Writers' Association (The NRWA). Charlotte specializes in providing C-level executives (CEO, CFO, CMO, etc.), association executives, executive directors and senior-level professionals (director, VP, SVP, etc.) with comprehensive career coaching services and high-ROI resumes. She is author of "I Want a Job in an Association -- Now What?? A Guide to Getting a Job in a Professional Association, Membership Organization, or Society" and featured author of "101 Great Ways to Enhance Your Career." Additional book contributions include "The Twitter Job Search Guide," "Resumes That Pop!," and "Step-by-Step Cover Letters." As an internationally-recognized expert, Charlotte provides programs and documents tailored to each individual’s needs. To ensure that each person is given the highest quality of attention and service, Charlotte works with a limited number of new clients each month.
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