Desmond Tutu Research Paper

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Desmond Tutu Desmond Tutu was born on October 7, 1931. He was most commonly known as a South African social rights activist and retired Anglican bishop who became famous worldwide during the 1980s as an opponent of the apartheid ("Desmond Tutu Biography"). Desmond Tutu is a perfect example of an effective leader. There are many qualities that all effective leaders must possess such as, communication skills, passion, vision, and commitment. Desmond Tutu is the most effective leader because he was passionate, hardworking, and devoted to making a change in the world. While in his youth, Tutu wanted to make a significant mark on the world. As a child Tutu understood that he was treated worse than white children based on nothing other than the…show more content…
Tutu’s rise to international prominence began when he became the first black person to be appointed the Anglican Dean of Johannesburg in 1975 ("Desmond Tutu"). It was in this position that he emerged as one of the most prominent and persuasive voices in the South African anti-apartheid movement. Desmond Tutu was very engaged and hardworking for many causes, in 1976 he wrote a letter to the South African Prime Minister warning him that a failure to quickly correct racial inequality could have dire consequences, but his letter was ignored ("Desmond Tutu Biography"). Desmond Tutu is commonly recognized among the world 's leading human rights activists. Like Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr. and Mohandas Gandhi, his teachings reached far beyond the specific causes for which he advocated for ("Desmond Tutu"). Tutu said "I never doubted that ultimately we were going to be free, because ultimately I knew there was no way in which a lie could prevail over the truth, darkness over light, death over life". The South African apartheid finally came to an end in 1993 ("Desmond Tutu Biography"). In part due to Tutu 's advocacy, bravery, hope, and vision many South Africans received fairer social…show more content…
Most all agree that Desmond Tutu is the most effective leader, but some believe that Geoffrey Canada is a more effective leader due to his role in the Harlem children’s zone, which is a program for troubled young teens and children (“Geoffrey Canada Biography”). However, Desmond Tutu is a more effective leader because he was a more passionate, devoted and hardworking. Both leaders were committed to their cause but, Desmond Tutu was especially devoted and went far beyond his cause to achieve other common goals. Desmond Tutu was also a more effective leader because his cause helped more people in more than just one way (“Geoffrey Canada
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