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8 Lessons of Leadership. Prof.Dr.Aung Tun Thet. Based on Richard Stengel, “Mandela: His 8 Lessons of Leadership”, Time Magazine, p.18-24. No. 1. Courage is not the absence of fear – it’s inspiring others to move beyond it. Leaders. Cannot let people know that you are afraid - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • 8 Lessons of LeadershipProf.Dr.Aung Tun ThetBased on Richard Stengel, Mandela: His 8 Lessons of Leadership, Time Magazine, p.18-24

  • No. 1Courage is not the absence of fear its inspiring others to move beyond it

  • LeadersCannot let people know that you are afraid

    Put up a front

    Pretend, and through the act of appearing fearless, inspire others

    Model for others

    Triumph over own fears

  • No. 2Lead from the front but dont leave your base behind

  • LeadersTake their support base with them

    Once they arrive at the beachhead, allow people to move on

    Not a bubble gum leader chew it now and throw it away

  • NegotiationAbout tactics, not principlesPrinciples are immutable, but anything to get to the goal is a tactic

  • LeadersHistorical persons

    Have posterity in mind: How will they view what we have done?

    Take a long view

    Always play for the long run

  • No. 3Lead from the back and let others believe they are in front

  • LeadersDont tell people what to do but form consensus

    Listen first, then summarize everyones points of view and unfurled own thoughts, subtly steering the decision in the direction wanted, without imposing

    The trick of leadership is allowing yourself to be led too.

    Persuade people to do things and make them think it was their own idea

  • No. 4Know your enemy

  • LeadersLearn to understand the language the world view of their adversaries

    Try to understand the opponents strengths and weaknesses

    Even the worst and crudest can be negotiated with

  • No. 5Keep your friends close and your rivals even closer

  • LeadersUse charm to even greater effect on rivals than on allies

    Deal with those they didnt trust by neutralizing them with charm

    Embracing rivals is a way of controlling them more dangerous on their own than within own circle of influence

    Cherished loyalty but not obsessed by it

    Understand People act in their own self interest - simply a fact of human nature, not a flaw or a defect

  • No. 6Appearances matter and remember to smile

  • LeadersUnderstand the historical correlation between leadership and physicality

    Appearances can advance their cause

    Appreciate that symbols matter as much as substance

    Smile dazzling, beatific, all-inclusive

  • No. 7Nothing is black or white

  • LeadersUnderstand

    Life is never either/or

    Decisions complex, and there are always competing factors

    Looking for simple explanations is the bias of human brain, but does not correspond to reality

    Nothing is ever as straightforward as it appears

  • LeadersComfortable with contradictions

    Pragmatist, seeing the world as infinitely nuanced

    Work out What is the end that I seek, and what is the most practical way to get there?

  • No. 8Quitting is leading too

  • LeadersAccept defeat with humility, dont sulk

    Knowing how to abandon a failed idea, task or relationship the most difficult decision

    Set the course, but not steer the ship