Leadership Styles : Nelson Mandela And Mahatma Gandhi 's Peace Movement

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Understanding the power of two historical leaders using different leadership styles offers a foundation and direction that can be used in future conflicts to evolve positive change. Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi exemplified to the world that when disharmony shows its ugly face, there can be other ways to fight for change. Mandela’s efforts in the South African Apartheid beginning in 1948 and ending in 1994, chose forceful recognition while Gandhi working in the Peace Movement beginning in 1893 and ending in 1914, lead his people in prayer, fasting and meditation in a non-violent, non-cooperative stance. Although the challenges were different for these two leaders, the choices they made were similar in their quest for peace. They are both honored in history as world icons and pioneers whose strategies convinced their followers and the world that change can happen without war. Nelson Mandela’s South African Revolution and Mahatma Gandhi’s Peace Movement both had missions of racial harmony using different leadership styles and similar catalysts while affecting people differently in the movement of change. The two conflicts, although ending up in different outcomes, had similar characteristics. In 1948, the National Party gained power in South Africa and the government enforced further policies of racial segregation called apartheid. The apartheid consisted of non-whites living in isolated areas and also required non-whites to use separate facilities than whites. This
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