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Nelson Mandela's Lessons of Leadership

Nelson Mandela's Lessons of Leadership

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Nelson Mandela at the Annual Nelson Mandela Lecture on July 12, 2008 in Soweto, Johannesburg. Lionel Healing/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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No doubt, we could all stand to learn a thing or two from former South African president Nelson Mandela. His biographer, Richard Stengel, recently visited the leader he calls "the closest thing the world has to a secular saint" in Johannesburg, where they talked about leadership. Together, they came up with Mandela's "8 Lessons of Leadership," a list designed "to cause the best kind of trouble: the trouble that forces us to ask how we can make the world a better place." Here's one to get you started: "Courage is not the absence of fear — it's inspiring others to move beyond it." What have you learned from Mandela? And which of his lessons do you most hope today's political candidates will take to heart?