Leadership

Net Impact Founder Says Great Leaders Are Liberators

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When people are asked to think of a leader for the greater good, a name that immediately jumps to mind is Nelson Mandela, the post-apartheid leader of South Africa. But Mandela was, by most accounts, not an especially effective president, said Mark Albion, social entrepreneur and best-selling author of books on values-based business. Why is it then, Albion asked an audience at Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business on Jan. 28, 2011, that Mandela received very little criticism while he was president or since? He said the answer comes from one of Mandela's grandsons, Dumani Mandela, who told him (Albion), that "When a leader's M.O. and objectives and goals are clear, and all they really care about is serving you, how can we criticize that?"

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