Whenever I ask my class to name me five charismatic leaders, Nelson Mandela always appears on the list. When it comes to leadership, Mandela teaches us that it’s just charisma, but micro-political tactics. It’s knowing people, trusting yourself, not ego-driven. Richard Stengel’s wonderful piece, Mandela: His 8 Lessons of Leadership, is a must-read. With clarity and straightforwardness, Stengel hits the marks describing what it takes to be a proactive leader.