Great acts to follow: Who, for you, embodies the essential qualities of a leader? That's the question Management Today asked six pre-eminent figures from the business world - people who themselves have inspired others and understand all too well the chall

Great acts to follow: Who, for you, embodies the essential qualities of a leader? That's the question Management Today asked six pre-eminent figures from the business world - people who themselves have inspired others and understand all too well the chall

CAROL FISHER, CEO, CENTRAL OFFICE OF INFORMATION

As a trained historian I often look at today's events and wonder how history will judge them 30 or 50 years hence. The man for me who is the outstanding leader of the 20th century is Nelson Mandela. He has all of the qualities a great leader should have.

He understood both tactics and strategy and was prepared to play a very long game to achieve his objectives. He understood that in negotiations you need the 'win, win' concept and left the whites with their dignity.

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