Today is Nelson Mandela Day, the day that honors the great South African leader on the anniversary of his birthday. Mandela Day was officially declared by the United Nations in 2009 and it was celebrated globally for the first time on July 18th, 2010. It isn’t intended as a holiday, but as a day when people remember their commitments to society, volunteer, and perform community service.

And what a good day to reflect on this quotation from Nelson Mandela — the idea that you lead from behind, taking the front line when times get rough!

It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.

Nelson Mandela