What’s Leadership About?

Boston mayor Kevin White,1929-2012

While conceptions of leadership, especially in the developing world context, tend to conjure images of brutal, corrupt and compulsive leaders preoccupied with their own power-amassing ambitions and addressing the lowly masses from on high, true and effective leadership actually has very little to do with oppression, control and domination and a lot with empowering and motivating.To be an effective leader, one must turn all of his or her so called followers into leaders. Paradoxical much? Yet at the heart of this paradox lies a simple yet compelling concept that defines true leadership.

Nelson Mandela’s Life – A lesson for the Global Leaders

Former South African President, Nelson Mandela, in a jovial mood at the Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2005 where he met with the winner and runner-up of the local " Idols" competition. The 87-year-old former political prisoner who became the country's first black president in 1994 remains a popular high profile figure since retiring from public life in recent years. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

Former South African President, Nelson Mandela, in a jovial mood at the Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2005 where he met with the winner and runner-up of the local ” Idols” competition. The 87-year-old former political prisoner who became the country’s first black president in 1994 remains a popular high profile figure since retiring from public life in recent years. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)