One of Mandela’s greatest legacies was his decision to leave office after one term as president. Very few African leaders have given up power so smoothly and so quickly. Leading by example and showing that he wasn’t bigger than the Office of the President helped to steady South Africa’s democratic journey.
It is a lesson that is as relevant to gamblers as it is to sportsmen or CEOs: Quit when you are on top. Step away when the game is over. Do what you have to do, say goodbye and keep on walking.
Mandela’s not been seen in public for more than a year now. He’s frail, old and sometimes forgetful. As he walks away, in the twilight of life, it’s never too late to learn from one of the giants of our time.