Nelson Mandela exhibits a transformational leadership style. He acted as a role model, and are very passionate about an important cause. Mandela encouraged, motivated and built confidence in people. People trust this type of leadership, and it has many positive attributes because morals are set high. The title of the movie “Invictus” portrays the life story of Mandela. Mandela was “unconquered” which is what the word “Invictus” means in Latin. He believed that people need inspiration to exceed our own expectations. He wanted to transform people’s close minded thinking.
Mandela believed in not criticizing without understanding. That is an important ethical principle to live by because when we judge without knowledge we are ignorant. This leads to another important principle. Mandela quoted “We must change in order to accept change. That means change our thinking, to change our minds, then change our minds in order to change our hearts.” His ethical perspective on this is when we are role models; we must change even when change is hard. Others will then see the power in being able to do this, and be inspired to do it themselves.
Mandela believed in change to make a difference. He wanted the oppressed people in South Africa to be able to forgive what happened in the old government, and change their hearts in order to accept the new government. He believed in taking opportunities to make a difference. He took the opportunity to inspire not only South Africa, but the world. His first term in the White House, a lot of racism was still present. Especially sense the power shifted electing an African man to run South Africa. The whites in the country were not for it entirely because they wanted to still be in power. However, Mandela constantly challenged others to think differently, and work together.
In Invictus, He uses the Rugby team to do this. All the black Africans always cheered for the opposing team and never the home team. They felt cheering for the home team would be symbolizing an acceptance of the oppression they experienced. Mandela thought if he could get the black and the white Africans to cheer for the same home team that could unite their country together. Mandela challenges Pienaar in the movie to think positive about his team being able to win. Also he showed him how to work together in order to accomplish a goal. He influences him by example. He also leads by example.
He gets Pineaar to overcome challenges even when the odds are stacked against him. Pienaar leadership style is more reserved. Not so risky but still influential. Pienaar said about Mandela: “How can he spend all those year in a tiny cell and come out ready to forgive the people who put him in there.” He learned that you can overcome the odds when you fight for it. He definitely transformed a lot of individuals and we still remember him for his transformational leadership and servitude.