Leadership Paper, Winston Churchill

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Introduction What makes a good leader? Is it their ability to navigate through times of uncertainty and change, or do leaders see the hidden opportunity in every setback? And is there really any such thing as a “born leader”? Winston Churchill is acclaimed as one of the greatest leaders of all time and is probably the greatest example of someone who exemplifies key leadership principles, in times of unprecedented war and conflict. Churchill was a visionary leader, with strong leadership that was called upon most often during times of crisis. Winston Churchill successfully led Britain through World War II. When asked, he described the achievement as his "walk with destiny”, a destiny for which he believed he had spent all his life in preparation. (Martin Gilbert, Winston Churchill’s War Leadership 2004) Criteria The true test of any leader is during times of challenge and controversy. The issues confronting Churchill could not have been more critical yet he demonstrated incredible courage and integrity both in his action and his words. He was always prepared to stand up for what he believed in, refusing to compromise over issues he knew to be right. He recognized that facing up to reality often meant confronting mistakes and he tried to prepare his people and his troops for this. He believed that every decision can teach something, that the fear of failure only inhibits progress and that the only kind of failure that deserves to be punished is inaction. Churchill was prepared to learn from mistakes and was not afraid to admit when he was wrong. He demonstrated great forgiveness and peace of mind and heart with others, never harboring grudges. He knew that his responsibility as a leader was to be genuine, someone whom others could look to and respect. In so doing he kept people calm and focused while still maintaining a sense of urgency to get the job
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