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On leadership

F. W. de Klerk

Verbum et Ecclesia; Vol 23, No 3 (2002), 608-614. doi: 10.4102/ve.v23i3.1227

Submitted: 07 August 2002
Published:  07 August 2002


To paraphrase Shakespeare: Some men are born to leadership. Others achieve leadership. And others have leadership thrust upon them. In my case, it could be said that, in part, I was born into a long tradition of political service and leadership. My father was a senior cabinet minister and President of the Senate. My uncle, J. G. Strydom, was Prime Minister. In other respects, I achieved leadership. I served long apprenticeships as a student leader; as a leader in various Afrikaans cultural organisations; as a back-bencher; as a cabinet minister and as a senior office-bearer in my party.

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F. W. de Klerk, Former State President, RSA & Nobel Prize winner: 1994, South Africa


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