Another insight that Mandela had was understanding one of the most important ways to build community and camaraderie. He brought the ‘enemies’ to respect that they are no different than the other side, rather, they are on equal planes. Just as the three axioms mentioned above bring about that balance. Though “just a sport” the ability to get both sides of this internal war to cheer for the same soccer team was brilliant! Notice that he made sure to require the team to go to the front lines of slum areas and give coaching clinics. The players needed to meet these dear people and see that they had no right to believe that they were any better than one of these kids which by the end of the day, they had built meaningful relationships during these tours. What foresight on Mandella’s part to unify a divided country into sharing equal values which led to peace and prosperity.”
Quoted from Inger Andress book: "Kai-Zen: Breathing Life Into Leadership"