Invictus Leadership Essay

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Invictus Movie Report Com 410: Leadership Strategies Justin Smith Introduction The Clint Eastwood movie by the name “Invictus” tells the story of Nelson Mandela, played by Morgan Freeman, during the beginning of his time as President of South Africa. The movie follows his struggle to unite the white and black South Africans after years of apartheid, as well as the South African rugby team which is to compete in the Rugby World Cup in the next year and how that sports team affected the entire nation. Modeling the Way As South Africa’s first black chief executive governing a country torn apart by apartheid, Mandela recognizes the challenge ahead of him. It’s his first day as president and the headline of the days paper reads ‘He can win an election, but can he run a country?’, to which he acknowledges, “It’s a legitimate question.” This shows his integrity of not letting fear conquer him, which is the foundation of one of Mandela’s most famous quotes; “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” Mandela begins taking charge and challenging the process right from his first day in office. When the leader of his bodyguards, Jason, asks for more men he supplies him with white bodyguards previously in the SAS. Jason protests but Mandela explains to him that people see him with his bodyguards and they are a direct reflection of him. “The past is the past. We look to the future now.” “Forgiveness liberates the soul.” By insisting the bodyguards all work together, he’s calmly modeling the way for others. There is another key moment in the movie where Mandela tries to lead the nation by example. When being interviewed about the rugby team, he’s reminded how, like most of the black South Africans, he used to cheer against any team that would play

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