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Mandela Day 2014: how will you be an ethical leader?
an article by The Elders

Video: ethical leadership

Every year on 18 July we celebrate Mandela Day, a global day to honour Nelson Mandela’s legacy and change the world for the better. Mandela wanted the next generation to take on the struggle against injustice, saying: ‘It is in your hands now.”

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For Mandela Day 2014, the Elders pay tribute to their founder – who passed away in December last year – by asking what it means to be an ‘ethical leader’ today. In three new videos, Kofi Annan and Hina Jilani reflect on how to lead with conscience and courage while Mary Robinson gives her take on the meaning of life.


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What is the legacy of Nelson Mandela for us today?,

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In death, as in his life, Nelson Mandela has captured the imagination of the world. Mourning mixed with celebration has electrified crowds all over South Africa and elsewhere. His life’s achievements and his lasting legacy are the topics of discussions. He has been described as a great warrior, a great liberator, the last giant in the fight against colonialism, forgiver, peace maker, and in many other ways.

All this week, Mandela’s lasting legacy has been on my mind. We tend to capture the legacies of great men and women in a word or two. A scientist becomes famous for an important discovery, a writer for a famous book, a musician for a great composition, and so on.

People like Mandela fall in a different category. He is in the category of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King. . ...more.

This report was posted on July 23, 2014.