Jeffrey M. Shapiro
September 9, 2013
Dr. Suzanne Remedies
Jeffrey Shapiro always has admired the leadership abilities of the Republic of South African President, Nelson Mandela. First, an introduction to the personality traits of President Mandela will be applied to the several leadership theories where they may fit best. Next the personality similarities and differences between Jeffrey Shapiro and President Mandela will be analyzed as seen through the conversation between Mr. Shapiro and his Mentor, Mr. Michael Weaver.
When Nelson Mandela took over the presidency of the Republic of South Africa (RSA) in 1994 (Glad & Blanton, 1997), the world got introduced to one of the most influential leaders of his time. Only a short year later, his country was put on an international sporting stage as they hosted the Rugby World Cup in 1995, which the movie “Invictus” dramatized (Youlden, 2010). Jeffrey Shapiro has played the game of rugby his entire adult life, so this is what drew him to the leadership of Nelson Mandela.
Mandela had many personality traits favorable toward becoming a good leader. Of those traits, his self-efficacy and empathy toward others played a huge role in his ability to negotiate and lead others (Lieberfield, 2003). Other personality traits that he had were his physical presence, his sense of humor (he even could make fun of his own shortcomings), interpersonal skills, and his relative ease in assuming a public role (Lieberfield, 2003).
There are several leadership theories that can be applied to Nelson Mandela. Most notably are the Attribution and Self-Concept theories of Charismatic Leadership (Yukl, 2012). Another theory that would apply to President Mandela is the Transformational Leadership theory (Yukl, 2012). Further, he could be characterized as the consummate servant leader (Nwagbara, 2013).
Charismatic Leadership Theories
Both of these leadership...