Nelson Mandela, Mikhail Gorbachev, John F. Kennedy, Konrad Adenauer, Mahatma Gandhi and Kemal Ataturk were similar in their commitment to securing a new purpose for the societies in which they lived. Each had a vision of a better life for the people of their country. They were of different times and circumstances and had different levels of ‘success’ in achieving their aspirations. All were men of courage and fortitude. Three were assassinated. The legacies of several may be controversial and the judgements of posterity may vary.
These talks are a study of leadership. We will consider the context in which these leaders lived, the major influences in shaping their views, the attributes they displayed, and attempt an analysis of their achievements and legacies.