10 Great Leadership Quotes From Nelson Mandela

I was a bit taken aback when I learned Nelson Mandela passed away on December 5th, 2013. The man had become a living legend with what he had gone through.

As happens to every man, death caught up to him. Though he’s passed from this world, he’s left a legacy through his leadership and personal philosophies.

In honor of the life Nelson Mandela lived, I wanted to share 10 leadership quotes attributed to the man.

1. 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.

2. 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.

Learning From Leadership Quotes

One of my favorite things to do is collect quotes that ring true to me. I’ll scribble it down in a notebook, paste it into an email, or post it on my Facebook page. A couple of years ago I discovered Evernote.

Since this time, I’ve amassed an even larger amount of quotes. They’re leadership quotes, personal development quotes, relationship quotes, and more.

I believe we can learn a lot from the quotes of leaders that have come before us. These leaders are full of wisdom. It becomes our responsibility to learn from them.

That’s been a driving force behind the collection of quotes I’ve recorded. Today, I’d like to share what I’ve learned from some of the leadership quotes I’ve saved for myself.

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”
— Arthur Ashe, Tennis Player