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Mindful Leadership Lessons from Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela has taught us a great deal. Many say that forgiveness is his greatest lesson.

I would agree that his ability to forgive after having been jailed for 27 years is almost super human.  But, I would venture to say that his greatest lesson goes far beyond forgiveness. His greatest lesson, in my mind, is that he was able to overcome laying blame. In fact, where there is no blaming, there is no need to forgive.

Underlying blame is always anger. If we become aware of the anger, then we have a chance to catch ourselves before we blame. That is truly Mindful leadership.

And it takes two great qualities to be able to do this: the first is courage and the other is humility.  Mandela had both of these qualities in spades.

It is, in fact, these qualities that contribute greatly to peace, both within ourselves and with others.  And it is in experiencing inner peace where we experience true freedom.  There can be no peace in the world without us first experiencing peace within ourselves.

As we reflect on the true meaning of Christmas, where we aspire to peace on earth and good will towards all beings, may we always have peace in our hearts.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a healthy, joyful and peaceful New Year.

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