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Calm leadership: Honesty, integrity, and humility

You cannot be a leader if no-one will follow you and no-one will follow you if they do not trust you. Patrick Cozier continues his series on how to be a calm leader in schools with a look at the vital place of honesty, integrity and humility

“The first thing is to be honest with yourself. You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself. Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, but humility.”


Nelson Mandela was an iconic leader with an incredible story. For a man to be incarcerated for 27 years, to be released from prison and to help negotiate the end of apartheid, and then to serve five years as the president of the country that imprisoned him is inspiration enough.

However, it is more than his amazing journey that singles him out. When people talk about Nelson Mandela, they talk about an aura that surrounded him. He stood for something greater than himself and lived by it – he was a man of honesty, integrity, and humility.

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