21st century leader: "Awaken your inner Mandela" Harvard fellow - Anne Pratt
Will the human species survive the 21st century? I ponder about the stark facts, the large global challenges that threaten our existence, a view shared by Stephen Hawking, the British theoretical physicist, cosmologist and author. Will our treasured children and precious grandchildren have a planet to live on?
At a more grounded level, I am inspired by the human capacity for change and development as history has demonstrated coupled with the human capability to effect change in the lives of others. Many of your leaders and citizens globally in all sectors of societies are seeking a new way of being in the world, the current status quo is not working. We are seeking answers outside of ourselves, yet we have the capacity, as Nelson Mandela showed the world, to develop all 7 quotients of intelligence to become the best version of ourselves, to transform from within. As we know from our adaptive leadership training, no human being is an island. We need to adapt within a system or numerous systems. What this work does is to awaken, develop and master our capacities or 7 quotients of intelligence as Mandela did, to lead self, to lead together and to lead change in the world.
I am a conscious, committed, global citizen who is passionate about pioneering change in the world to create an empowered sense of our 'oneness' for a higher purpose and a greater good. I believe in the power and glory of the human spirit. I admire the ability to overcome and create greatness beyond adversity and to recognise and applaud that it is often our greatest adversity that ignites our passion and becomes our greatest teacher.
My passion is inspired by tipping points in my own life. I am humbled and privileged to have personally met the former President Nelson Mandela, who inspired me greatly to do my own inner work on these 7 quotients of intelligence, and who touched my life in an indelible and life changing way. Professionally I have run one of South Africa’s top globally aligned executive search companies, placing many of our country’s top leaders as well as leaders in Africa and working internationally. Amongst many top positions, we placed the Chief Executive Officer of the Nelson Mandela Foundation. As Mandela said in the later years of his life, "It's in our hands". To whom much is given, much is expected. “I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul”. We all have an inner Mandela.
I am developing, piloting and implementing a 3-day intensive edutainment experience, to grasp what these 7 quotients of intelligence are and how we can develop them in our daily living. Subsequent modules in each quotient with a community support network like the ALN can and will intensify and cement the learning. In this process we will share the South African and global experience and context over the course of Mandela's life. My goal is for this work to be shared the world over.
As an actively engaged, curious and concerned South African, I have lived the transition and the Mandela magic. From a young age I experienced an oppressive apartheid system, a liberation movement, Mandela's release, the global and South African elation of his Presidency and his post presidency relentless humanitarian work.
Personally, I am from a multicultural ethnic background, I have travelled extensively across the globe. I have learned much from humble people the world over at the University of Life. I am an active sportswoman and dancer. I climb mountains to focus my dreams, to reflect on life at the top of the mountain, as defined my MLK as “the thinnest layer between heaven and earth”. I am a lover of people and of life itself. I believe in the gift of humanity, our humanity and this world.
I marvel at the gift of adversity, the power of forgiveness, the smartness of directing our emotions with positive intent. I am inspired by Mandela’s example, his 7 quotients of intelligence. I am hopeful that we can all awaken our inner Mandela, develop the leadership capacity we all have, to achieve what seems impossible, until it is done.
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