Day 3.Nelson Mandela Week. 5 Reasons why tribal leaders cannot lead and how to solve it

Updated: Jul 31

With the support and inspiration of Madiba and the people, the South African Springbok rugby team, with Francois Pienaar as captain, brought home the World Cup in 2005. It was at a time that Nelson Mandela had just become president, the conflict and chaos had subsided, and a new era of peace and cooperation was being introduced. The joyous occasion brought a new kind of energy to a country that needed healing at a delicate time.

Changing gameplan

However, less than two years later, the same Springbok team lost their matches to Australia and New Zealand and returned home defeated. The question is, Why? What changed?

The reason was that during that time, the World Rugby Board (WRB) had changed, updated, and implemented new rugby laws. Australia and New Zealand had taken the new developments very seriously. They realigned, redesigned their game plan, prepared, and trained their players and referees in the new rules and laws that secured the game we know as rugby (or football). The Springbok team didn’t. They lost mostly by penalties.

Currently, the same is happening to our global community. The Covid pandemic is just one of the wake-up calls.

Change is escalating

Currently, the rate of change is speeding up. New rules, values, and a new game plan for life are emerging. This is not only a fundamental paradigm shift, a shift in mindset, but it also includes a shift in heart-set, values, and even a shift right down to a DNA level. Humanity is currently undergoing a major leap. Some will choose to make the leap - others will stay behind.

The Question is. Will our people, especially current leaders, be able to keep up? The most important question is, Will all our current ‘tribal’ leaders be able to lead us into a new, and brighter future? What responsibility does each one of us have? This calls for a deeper understanding.

The tribal mind

The ancient Mayans were a very evolved culture. Their insight into time, processes, and levels of functioning was at a level that still astounds people today.