Leadership of Nelson Mandela

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Essay Leadership of Nelson Mandela

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Evaluates South African’s character, policies, experience and effectiveness, using Max Weber’s theory of charismatic leadership.

The purpose of this research is to examine how Nelson Mandela manifested and displayed the three types of charismatic authority described by Max Weber throughout his professional career, as both silent and active leader in South Africa. The plan of the research will be to set forth the background and specifics of Weberian theory of charisma as the framework for examining Mandela’s life and work, and then, with reference to Weberian and post-Weberian theory and commentary, to discuss the manner in which Mandela can be seen to fit and manifest the Weberian profile of charisma in its variety of authority types.

Every organization and certainly every nation-state needs good, strong leadership to function effectively. This statement seems both noncontroversial and an obvious truth. Much research exists on the characteristics that good leaders bring to a produce..