Nelson Mandela – 8 of the Greatest Servant Leadership Quotes and Images

The world lost one of the greatest servant leaders of all time, yesterday. Nelson Mandela was 95 years old. He exemplified servant leadership throughout his life. To honor his memory, below are my favorite Nelson Mandela quotes for servant leaders, accompanied by graphics of the man the world will miss:

1. “If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.”

Nelson Mandela Quote about Enemies and Partners

2. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

Nelson Mandela Quote - It always seems impossible until its done

3. “Difficulties break some men but make others.” 

Nelson Mandela Quote - Difficulties Break Some Men but Make Others

4. “It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.”

Nelson Mandela Quote - Leadership

5. “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”

Nelson Mandela Quote - Freedom

6. “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

Nelson Mandela quote about fear

7. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Nelson Mandela Quote - Education

8.”The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”

Nelson Mandela Quote - Falling and Getting Back Up

Question: What are your favorite quotes from Nelson Mandela?


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Ben Lichtenwalner is the founder and principal of Modern Servant Leader and Radiant Forest, LLC. He has studied and promoted servant leadership awareness and adoption for over 20 years. He is the author of 2 leadership books and has 2 decades of corporate management and leadership experience. His corporate experience spans CIO, VP, Director, and many management roles at Fortune 500, INC 500, and Nonprofits. Ben’s education includes a B.S. in Management Science & Information Systems from Penn State University and an MBA from Lehigh University. Ben's Full Profile Here: About Ben Lichtenwalner

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