Characteristics Of Servant Leadership

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Birmingham Business School

Student ID Number: 1614257

Programme Of Study: B.Sc. Business Management

Module: Fundamentals of Leadership

Assignment Title: “Choose a style of leadership that you think would be most suited to you. Using a leadership case which fits that style (leader can be from any field you wish), critically discuss its nature, dynamics, what makes it effective or ineffective, and how it fits in today’s world (and your culture); discuss how it could influence your future actions/ career.”

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Nelson Mandela’s Servant Leadership
The Model of Leadership fits into the case study of Nelson Mandela. The inequality and discrimination of the Blacks in South Africa back then refers to the antecedent conditions. Back then in South Africa, the blacks were opposed and discriminated. Mandela and the ANC came and fought for equality amongst the different races and therefore helped him and the ANC gain support for their cause. He exhibited the behaviours of a servant leader as mentioned in the model, which will be discussed below. Lastly Nelson Mandela played a role in ending Apartheid, which revolutionized his country and people.
Mandela demonstrated conceptualization in his leadership. In the 1960s, Nelson Mandela had the vision of a united South Africa and that the country belongs to all who live in it, black and white. Though the vision originated from the ANC, he was in constant pursuit of it. (Read,
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The Nelson Mandela Foundation was established, the focus was to build schools, HIV/Aids research and even peace and reconciliation interventions. (Nelson Mandela Foundation, n.d.) He also understood the importance of how children will be affected by society, thus, he started the Nelson Mandela’s Children Fund. The Fund’s mission was to “To give voice and dignity to the African child by building a rights-based movement” (Nelson Mandela Childrens Fund, n.d.).

Although he was no longer the President, he did not stop his efforts. Instead, he continued to help his people and contribute to the society. Mandela knew that problems present in South Africa and he knew that he had the ability and wanted to make the difference, for his people and country. He supported 23 charities and foundations (Look to the Stars, 2015). Not only supporting but he even started his own charity, Mandela managed to also gain his followers involvement in the cause. With more people believing in the same common goal, they will then be able to bring their country to greater
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