Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Leadership (MAL)




This case study focuses on the transformational leadership style used by Nelson Mandela. Transformation leadership is a theory championed by James MacGregor Burns, who originally coined the term, and Bernard M. Bass (1990). In addition to transformational leadership, the study includes theories from other prominent individuals who have contributed to the study of Mandela's leadership. This research underscores how Nelson Mandela, an anti-apartheid activist who became president of South Africa, played a leading role in bringing his country from a racially divided society to a free democratic society. He demonstrated high moral and ethical values, expressed genuine interest in his followers, and built mutual trust with them, which allowed him and many of his followers to perform beyond their own self-interest. The researcher endeavors in this paper to explain the role Mandela played in transforming his country by adopting a unifying reconciliation process. This study concludes with several recommendations gathered from the research conducted on Mandela' s political journey.


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