"There's a part of Mandela in each of us," said Anthony Prangley, a lecturer at the Gordon Institute of Business Science, a University of Pretoria business school whose campus is in Johannesburg.
"It's important to keep that in mind because we can start to see him as someone who is not accessible, or infallible," Prangley
"In doing so, we miss the potential to learn from his
Mandela's achievements were historic even though he
admitted imperfection and sought to share credit with others.
Prangley, the business school lecturer, said a great leader doesn't just inspire and have many followers, but also reaches out to other constituencies.
President Obama energized crowds early on but now struggles to rally people when things sour, according to Prangley
, who praised Mandela's political skill.
understands when to push and when to bring other people to the table," he
said of Mandela's skill in balancing firmness and compromise.
met Mandela as a student volunteer in Mozambique in the late 1990s, recalling how the former president told him and his
young colleagues that it was a "wizened" group of older leaders who had led the negotiations that ended apartheid.
"In South African society, it was the older generation who began to compromise and brought change," Prangley