Great leaders tend to be great storytellers; they trigger our imagination by taking us to places we’ve never been. They reinforce our beliefs by connecting to our deepest emotions, and they ignite greatness in us by elevating our sense of self.
A few years ago, the great Nelson Mandela did just that when he reminded us that “overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. YOU can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.”
Mandela has a infectious personality, but it’s his unique power to move people’s hearts, minds and feet that make him a once-in-a-generation leader. Laura Mathis is an actress who happens to have the gift of public speaking, and her idea of a contagious presentation always starts with this ritual.