Mandela: Lessons in Leadership

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

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What makes a strong leader? Is it possessing the charisma to lead from the front or the self-assured magnanimity to lead from behind? What lessons can students learn from a leader like Nelson Mandela, whose leadership and character have withstood so many travails as well as the test of time? The lesson begins with a brainstorming activity and tests students’ responses in several “crisis” scenarios in which good leadership is required. Aligned to Common Core State Standards: RH.9-10.1, RH.9-10.2, RH.11-12.1, RH.11-12.3, SL.7.1, SL.8.1, SL.9-10.1, SL.11-12.1, W.7.2, W.8.2, W.9-10.2, W.11-12.2