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On leadership

F. W. de Klerk
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 23, No 3 | a1227 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v23i3.1227 | © 2002 F. W. de Klerk | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 07 August 2002 | Published: 07 August 2002

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

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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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