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Mandela's Way: Lessons for an Uncertain Age

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A compact, profoundly inspiring book that captures the spirit of Nelson Mandela, distilling the South African leader’s wisdom into 15 vital life lessons

We long for heroes and have too few. Nelson Mandela, who died in 2013 at the age of ninety-five, is the closest thing the world has to a secular saint. He liber­ated a country from a system of violent prejudice and helped unite oppressor and oppressed in a way that had never been done before.

Now Richard Stengel, the editor of Time maga­zine, has distilled countless hours of intimate conver­sation with Mandela into fifteen essential life lessons. For nearly three years, including the critical period when Mandela moved South Africa toward the first democratic elections in its history, Stengel collaborated with Mandela on his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, and traveled with him everywhere. Eating with him, watching him campaign, hearing him think out loud, Stengel came to know all the different sides of this complex man and became a cherished friend and colleague.

In Mandela’s Way, Stengel recounts the moments in which “the grandfather of South Africa” was tested and shares the wisdom he learned: why courage is more than the absence of fear, why we should keep our rivals close, why the answer is not always either/or but often “both,” how important it is for each of us to find something away from the world that gives us pleasure and satisfaction—our own garden. Woven into these life lessons are remarkable stories—of Mandela’s child­hood as the protégé of a tribal king, of his early days as a freedom fighter, of the twenty-seven-year imprison­ment that could not break him, and of his fulfilling remarriage at the age of eighty.

This uplifting book captures the spirit of this extraordinary man—warrior, martyr, husband, statesman, and moral leader—and spurs us to look within ourselves, reconsider the things we take for granted, and contemplate the legacy we’ll leave behind.
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Select Praise for Mandela's Way 'There is no man I admire more than Nelson Mandela. Rick Stengel's wise and moving book captures the Nelson Mandela I have been privileged to know. But reading Mandela's Way gave me new insights and inspiration. I am confident it will give the same gifts to others. I was inspired anew, and I know others will be too.' 'President Bill Clinton 'This delightfully inspiring book is a philosophical guide to how we can aspire to achieve Mandela's grace and how we can draw upon his greatness as a model for the comportment of our lives each day.' 'Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Harvard University 'Nelson Mandela has lived every word of his teaching, whatever the cost. His abiding lesson is about forgiveness. Mandela's Way takes us into the inner life of one of the most important heroes of the century. There are lessons here that could radically change the way you live your life.' 'Deepak Chopra, author of The Ultimate Happiness Prescription 'Mandela's Way is a timely and welcome reminder of this great man's political genius, personal integrity, and peerless instinct for survival and triumph. Every world leader should keep Mandela's Way within easy reach.' 'Tom Brokaw

'Here is the wisdom of the world's greatest moral leader brilliantly distilled by a wonderful writer. From the time they spent working closely together on Mandela's memoirs, Rick Stengel draws fifteen big life lessons plus hundreds of smaller insights, while also giving us an intimate and astonishingly honest look at this inspiring human being.' 'Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs and Einstein 'Mandela's Way is an electrically exciting, direct, and vivid way of making greatness tangible, human, and complex. Richard Stengel has honed all the elegance and lucidity of thirty years of brilliant cultural and political writing into a book to illuminate, to inspire'and to endure.' 'Pico Iyer, author of The Open Road and The Lady and the Monk

Mandela's Way

Mandela's Way L e s s o n s f o r a n U n c e r t a i n A g e R i c h a r d S t e n g e l b \ d \ w \ y b r o a d way b o o k s | n e w y o r k

Copyright ? 2010, 2018 by Richard Stengel All rights reserved. Published in the United States by Broadway Books, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, New York. crownpublishing.com BROADWAY BOOKS and its logo, B \ D \ W \ Y, are trademarks of Penguin Random House LLC. Originally published in hardcover in slightly different form in the United States by Crown, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, New York, in 2010. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Stengel, Richard. Mandela's way: fifteen lessons on life, love, and courage / [by Richard Stengel].'1st ed. 1. Mandela, Nelson, 1918? 2. Conduct of life. 3. Courage. 4. Leadership. I. Title. DT1974.S74 2009 650.1'dc22 2009022358 ISBN 978-0-525-57357-9 Ebook ISBN 978-0-307-46069-1 Printed in the United States of America Book design by Leonard W. Henderson Cover design by Christopher Brand Cover photograph: Morten Krogvold 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 First Paperback Edition

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Contents Preface by Nelson Mandela . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .xi Introduction: The Way Forward . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .xiii A Complex Man . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1 Courage Is Not the Absence of Fear . . . . . . . . .21 2 Be Measured . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 3 Lead from the Front . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 4 Lead from the Back . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 5 Look the Part . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 6 Have a Core Principle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 7 See the Good in Others . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 8 Know Your Enemy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .131 9 Keep Your Rivals Close . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .149 10 Know When to Say No . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .161 11 It's a Long Game . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .169

12 Love Makes the Difference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .179 13 Quitting Is Leading Too . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .199 14 It's Always Both . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .207 15 Find Your Own Garden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .215 Mandela's Gift . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .225 Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .241 Contents x

Preface xi In Africa there is a concept known as ubuntu'the profound sense that we are human only through the humanity of others; that if we are to accomplish anything in this world, it will in equal measure be due to the work and achievements of others. Richard Stengel is one of those people who readily grasps this idea. He is an outstanding writer with a deep understanding of our history. We are enormously grateful to him for his collaboration on the creation of Long Walk to Freedom. We have fond memories of the many hours of conversation and hard work we put in together on that project. He has shown remarkable insight into the many complex leadership challenges still facing the world today and all the individuals in it. Everyone can learn from it. 'Nelson Mandela, November 2008

ro d u c t i o n T h e Way Fo r w a rd xiii Nelson Mandela was born a century ago and died in 2013. He never owned a smartphone. He never typed a word on a laptop. I'm not even sure he knew what the Internet was. Yet he is the author of the most popular tweet of all time. After the violence of right-wing groups in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017, former president Barack Obama posted a series of threaded tweets that read: ''No one is born hating another person becauseof the color of his skin or his background or his religion. . . . People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love. . . . For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.''Nelson Mandela.' The tweets were liked more than seven-and-a-half million times. The lines come from the final chapter of Mandela's autobiography Long Walk to Freedom. They reflect his conclusion, after a lifetime of fighting

discrimination and experiencing it firsthand, that prejudice is not innate but learned. The words resonated in part because they offered a profound contrast to the anger and moral equivocation of President Donald Trump, who suggested that both sides'the neofascists and those who opposed them'were in the wrong. Mandela knew hate for what it was, but his vision that we can rise above it struck a chord. (And, of course, Barack Obama had something to do with it.) But the words also reflected the fundamental principles of Mandela's approach to leadership'principles which seem to be in short supply these days: forgiveness, understanding, empathy. Mandela, more than any other global figure, is known for forgiving his enemies. He never hated the hater; he did not attack the attacker. When his enemies went low, he went high. In the sentence that immediately follows the one Obama quoted, Mandela writes that even in prison he could see 'a glimmer of humanity? in his guards. A few paragraphs later, just before the end of the book, he says that he ultimately realized that to free his own people he needed to emancipate those who had imprisoned them. 'The oppressor,' he wrote, 'must be liberated just as surely as the oppressed.' Introduction xiv

But such sentiments are increasingly scarce. The Charlottesville gathering of white supremacists and neo-Nazi groups is a symptom not only of the rise of ethnic nationalism and authoritarianism in America but its surge across the globe. Strongmen around the world are deliberately stoking hate and persecution. According to the nonprofit Freedom House, last year was the eleventh consecutive year of decline of global freedom, meaning more countries retreated from democracy than advanced toward it. Populist and nationalist political forces, Freedom House asserted, made astonishing gains in democratic states while authoritarian nations consolidated power and ratcheted up global aggression. Indeed, the largest and least anticipated trend in global politics since the fall of the Berlin Wall has been the rise of nondemocratic states and authoritarian rule. When the wall fell, the scholar Francis Fukiyama famously prophesized 'the end of history,' suggesting that in the future there would be no rivals to the ascendancy of liberal democracy. Instead, history has returned with a vengeance. From Russia to Venezuela, from China to Burundi, from Turkey to Hungary, we have seen the return of blood and borders, nationalism and autocracy, tribalism and religious sectarianism. 'America First''with its echoes of prewar isolationism and anti-Semitism'is evidence of this in our Introduction xv

own country. Nationalist forces everywhere are pushing back against immigration and diversity, against anyone who looks different or worships a different God. Democracy is in retreat. I cannot tell you how troubled Nelson Mandela would be by all of this. Mandela's vision was of non-racial democracy, the idea that human rights and rule of law could and should triumph over narrow-mindedness and prejudice. Despite all that he suffered'twenty-seven years behind bars'he was a natural optimist who assumed that people were decent until proven otherwise. Yet the trend toward autocracy represents everything he fought against during his own long life. Mandela saw and experienced ethnic authoritarianism firsthand'it was called apartheid. Apartheid was ironfisted autocratic rule based on white supremacy and the systematic repression of people of color. Mandela would see today's global nationalism for what it is: a return to a noxious form of tribalism. Tribalism was the animating principle behind grand apartheid which divided South Africa into ten tribal 'homelands.' The spurious and deceptive logic of the white oppressors was that black South Africans were violently fractured along tribal and ethnic lines and that the white masters needed to keep them separate to maintain peace (apartheid's 'divide-and-rule? strategy). Introduction xvi

Mandela understood tribalism. His father was a headman of the Thembu tribe. After his father died, he was raised by the king of the Thembu. Until the end of his life, Mandela loved and appreciated the Thembu's tribal traditions. Even as the African National Congress (ANC) sought to move beyond tribalism'a move he supported'Mandela always sought to show respect to tribal leaders. I remember going with him to a remote part of the Transkei to meet with a tribal leader who had once been a rival of his and who greeted Mandela while sitting on a leopard-skin throne. He was sometimes criticized for this kind of deference. But he thought a truly democratic South Africa had to unite not only white and black, but tribal traditionalists and the young urban blacks who rejected them. While Mandela respected tribal traditions, he also saw their limits. 'Divide-and-rule? was a strategy that Mandela always sought to expose. Ultimately, he regarded tribalism as a kind of prison, as a barrier to a democratic and free South Africa, and indeed, to a democratic and free Africa as a whole. During the apartheid years, the ANC aimed to unite all the different tribes of South Africa around the larger struggle for freedom. Mandela and others at the ANC believed that what united black South Africans in their collective freedom struggle was far greater than what divided Introduction xvii

them. And the modern nonracial South Africa that Mandela created is an embodiment of that idea. To him, the future of his nation was people identifying with the new democratic South Africa above any tribe or region or ethnicity. The rise of leaders who exploit tribalism and preach ethnic nationalism would have alarmed him. They mirror the old apartheid leaders that he fought against. One of the hallmarks of this type of authoritarian leader is what I would call 'double down-ism;? the idea that even in the face of new and contradictory evidence, they will not change their minds for fear it shows weakness. Don't get me wrong'Mandela could be bullheaded. But often his stubbornness was the last reflex of an old position before he changed to a new one. If there was new data, he would reevaluate. He liked to quote John Maynard Keynes: 'When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do'? But there was one thing about which he would not compromise: freedom for his people. Everything else was negotiable. He saw autocratic leaders as being the opposite: men with no overarching principle other than their own survival. The autocrat refuses to compromise'that's his only value. It was that type of leader who became the model of the African autocrat who refuses to ever cede power. When Mandela voluntarily Introduction xviii

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