The Passing of Nelson Mandela

Note: This posting is based on my weekly “Thank God It’s Monday” that helps you and your company thrive!

This week’s focus: Nelson Mandela

While returning from lunch yesterday, my wife asked what made Nelson Mandela such a remarkable leader. Here was my response:

While Mandela and his people were oppressed through apartheid, he did not become an oppressor when he became president of South Africa nor did he seek retribution for the wrongs committed against him and his people by the white South African minority. He was an inclusive leader driven by equal rights for all. Mandela reached out to the white South African minority to assure them they would be okay. And, they were and are okay to this day.

Contrast this with Egypt’s Morsi, the first democratically-elected leader there. Though winning office by a narrow margin, he claimed he had a mandate and built a constitution and established practices that favored his party, the Muslim Brotherhood, to the exclusion of all others. He was ultimately booted from office by the military for being too tyrannical, too dictatorial and too exclusive. His brand of democracy was ill-suited for Egypt and ill-suited for any country seeking a democratic form of government.

I mourn the passing of Mandela as do many around the globe. He was a true leader and role model for us all.

Nelson Mandela achieved what many of us hope to: to make a difference in the world.

Thought for the week:

A response to last week’s “Thank God It’s Monday”

“This ‘consume at all costs’ mentality goes against everything we know to be right for individual finances as well as long term health of our planet. We have to evolve an economic model that doesn’t plan on rapid obsolescence fueled by unsustainably exploiting labor and natural resources and pushing households into spending more than they can or should.” – Bruno Sarda

What do you think? I welcome your comments!

Dave Gardner, Gardner & Associates Consulting

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