The Nature Of Legacies – Remembering People

It’s about a year since Ahmed “Kathy” Kathrada passed away. Kathy fought apartheid alongside icons like Nelson Mandela. Mandela, South Africa and the world at large held Kathy in high esteem. I write this shortly after reading breaking news of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela‘s passing. Winnie fought apartheid. Her and Nelson were married at some point. She was 81.

For some reason I was thinking about the anniversary of Kathy’s death when I saw the news about Winnie. Hence the references to them. When Nelson Mandela passed away I thought about what makes a great legacy. I wrote some of my thoughts here. Thinking about Kathy and Winnie, again, made me think about the nature of legacies and how we remember people.

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The Anatomy Of A Great Legacy – Lessons From Nelson Mandela

When I heard the sad news of Nelson Mandela’s passing, my thoughts were occupied with his legacy. One of the reasons I write is to process my thoughts. Sometimes I do it to find out what I think.

At the time of Madiba’s passing, I was reluctant to write anything because the media, and a lot of other people would be doing the same. I’m weary of trying to assess how genuine people are when they cover icons like Mandela at their passing. I don’t struggle with truth, but motives. Are the papers pushing sales and Internet shares and views?

That aside, I couldn’t help but keep thinking about the legacy Nelson Mandela has left. Media spoke about him, his life and contribution incessantly. This forced me to keep thinking. Now I’m at a point where I have to write, because Mandela has left a legacy that is worth learning from. There are valuable lessons for both life in general, and leadership.

Because I do a fair amount of reflection through writing I now think aloud on the anatomy of a great legacy – lessons from Nelson Mandela:

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