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Throughout history the world has seen many idolizing leaders; who achieved massive accomplishments in their lifetime to make the world a better place. They might have not impacted us directly but they made changes in politics, attained freedom, and changed the lives of the people in their countries. The two independent peacemaking leaders I will discuss are Mahatma Ghandi and Nelson Mandela. Both were heroes, truly, and that’s the least I could say about these honourable men and the deeds they endeavoured. I will compare Ghandi and Nelson’s leadership qualities and characteristics and what caused them to become leaders? I will also address the similarities and differences in their backgrounds; and which leader had the utmost pragmatic approach in dealing with their country’s issues?
People are motivated in different ways; it could be a form of competition, or a bad experience, and even the outcome you can achieve by completing a task. Just like that, Mahatma Ghandi was motivated to bring changes for his people. His leadership journey started when he was visiting South Africa in 1893. Unfortunately, Ghandi was thrown of a train in South Africa for being Indian. He had first class tickets and was traveling in the first class compartment when he was asked to move to the third class just because of he was a minority. When he refused he was thrown off the train; that’s when he realized there was extreme prejudice against Indians in South Africa. Because of the injustice, Ghandi was compelled to start a non-violent protest campaign to represent the Indians and their rights that lived in South Africa. On the other hand Nelson Mandela was motivated throughout the years of his lifetime. There was an era called apartheid, which basically m...

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...elatively similar with their approaches. I can’t pick one leader because Mandela followed and admired Ghandi’s tactics but later was forced to switch up his approach because of no positive responses from the government. In reality, most people would drop the non-violent way and take the same path Mandela took. After Mandela took up violent ways he ended up going back to Ghandi’s ways after he was in prison. In the heat of the moment people often make undesirable decisions to see results but later when they have time to think about their acts and consequences they learn from it. Same concept applies to Mandela, when he was in prison he had time to think about what he had done and why he ended up in jail… that’s what changed his leadership style. That’s what encouraged him to become a successful leader that eventually became South Africa’s first minority president.
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