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Sir Winston Churchill – Still Inspirational

Posted October 11th, 2012 by bbsadmin & filed under General Business, Motivation.

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Sir Winston Churchill was an inspiring and pragmatic leader in a time when it was much needed. Now, today, we can still learn from his leadership style.

1. Inspiring Attitude

Churchill was the prime minister during the world war II. It was his zeal and unquenchable attitude that became a beacon to which inspired the British during this dark time. He gave a speech on June 4, 1940 which inspired the British to keep hope and optimism. People look to their business leaders as an example of attitude. Even in the darkest times business leaders are the ones who set the example of attitude for the rest of their workforce.

2. Foresight

Churchill did that was necessary to prepare the British Navy several years before the first world war broke out. He was even involved with the decision of the first tanks used in the war. Before the start of the second world war he warned the British about the rising Nazis. This attribute, along with his passion, helped hold the British together during the times of war. Business people who follow Churchill’s example follow the political and economic conditions. They do more than simply listen to opinions, but connect the dots with what is happening around them and in the world as a whole. They have the courage to prepare for events before they hit.

3. Vision Aligned with Passion

Perhaps one of the quotes that best describes Churchill is his, “Never, never, never give up.” He left a legacy of optimism during the toughest times. Referring back to the speeches he gave, we can see that they inspired. They outlined the vision he had for the nation and moved the people who listened. People who lead in business must not only have a clear vision to give to those they lead, but they must also have a passion, or continual dedication and energetic drive, toward the vision they lay out.

4. The Whole is Greater Than the Sum of its Parts

As we listen to or read Churchill’s famous speech which he made in the House of Commons in 1940, there is an underlying theme –we. He was able to classify the nation as one body and identified their common purpose. The common purpose was to not fall to the Nazi forces, but to fight and protect themselves as a people. He gave great confidence in their abilities, as nation, to have victory. Great business leaders don’t put the focus on themselves, but are able to find a common purpose for the whole. They understand that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts; just as a motor is more useful than the gears that comprise it. With this perspective employees work “with” the company and not just “for” the company.

5. Commitment to Vision

Had it not been for the commitment and conviction Churchill had, the world may have been a very different place. It is possible that World War might not have been a victory. He traveled to the places where the military was located and shared his optimism and support. Strong business leaders don’t get distracted by those things that are outside of the scope of the company’s vision, but move forward with optimism and perseverance.

Notable Quotes

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

“Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.”

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”

“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often. “

“The price of greatness is responsibility.”