THEORIES OF PERSONALITY
Accordingto Burger(2015), central qualities are those that best describe a person whilea cardinal trait dominates a personality. NelsonMadiba Mandela is a renowned world leader who became South Africa`sfirst president. His charismatic character made him acquire people’sadmiration and respect all over the world. He was the head of theAnti-Apartheid Movement in the Republic of South Africa at a timewhen the black citizens of South Africa were discriminated(Ndlovu-Gatsheni, 2014). Mandela possessed both central and cardinaltraits that made him an outstanding leader and a person of immensesocial standing.
Amonghis several traits, Mandela was a person of adamant humility. Heproved that he was humble wherever he went and whoever he met.Another trait that is conspicuous is his courage. He faced lifeimprisonment because of what he believed in and fought. However, heserved 27 years and was later released (Ndlovu-Gatsheni, 2014). Hewas also a person of dignity. He possessed a commanding presencewherever he visited. Although he was poorly treated and wronglyimprisoned by the colonial government, Mandela was a forgivingperson. He went as far as appointing his jailers into his governmentto serve alongside his cabinet. Similarly, Mandela was an authenticindividual. He was never pretentious or conniving as proved by hisgreatness in the world.
Intelligencewas also one of his traits. People were drawn to him because of hissuperiority of mind and pure wisdom. He was also a transformationalperson with a vision of changing his country and society. Hepossessed the ability to be attentive to what others said which madehim a great leader. Mandela was a purposeful person as he had propergoals in his life one being ending the apartheid system. Finally, hewas resilient as he survived the mistreatment at Robben Island prisonto later become a president (Ndlovu-Gatsheni, 2014).
Inconclusion, all these are Mandela’s central traits. However, hiscardinal trait is his ability to stand for justice. He believed thatevery person has the right to be respected and treated in the rightmanner. He will be remembered because of his traits that dictated hispersonality and personal values.
Burger,J. M. (2015). Personality (9thed.). Stamford: Cengage Learning.
Ndlovu-Gatsheni,S. J. (2014). From a ‘terrorist’ to global icon: a criticaldecolonial ethical tribute to Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela of SouthAfrica. ThirdWorld Quarterly, 35(6),905-921. doi:10.1080/01436597.2014.907703
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