Each Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture is a message from world leaders, a moment to pause, to reflect, to engage in dialogue. Each lecture is a resource that has a leadership lesson that pays tribute to Nelson Mandela’s legacy, his remarkable life, and his leadership gift to the world. A new leadership way that guides us all to deal with the leadership challenges of today.
The Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture Series invites global thought leaders to stimulate our thinking and debate on 21st century challenges and ‘big’ issues of social concern. The lecture series is an important event on the Foundation’s calendar, and encourages people to enter into dialogue – often about difficult subjects – in order to address the challenges we face today. These words of wisdom often illustrate the challenge but also come packaged with a call to action.
We get up close with these remarkable leaders in their own right. In each lecture, there is a story of ‘me”, a story of ‘we’, and a story of ‘now’. We are left pondering and wondering about existential questions, which call upon our ‘authentic leadership’ and humanity.
‘Who are we’? ‘What kind of world do we wish to live in?’ ‘What is our personal call to action to exercise leadership excellence with impact? Our world demands we rethink, redefine and reset. Systems, organizations or institutions, and individuals must radically change. The planetary clock is ticking, with global urgency. We can no longer isolate or separate. If we wish to sustain, we need to integrate the economic, social, and environment urgencies – a triple bottom line. This way we create what Harvard Professors Michael Porter and Mark Kramer of Harvard Business School call “Create Shared Value.” It is time to RESET. We are all called to lead.
“We can no longer isolate or separate. If we wish to sustain, we need to integrate economic, social, and environment urgencies - a triple bottom line.“- Anne Pratt