CHURCHILL LEADERSHIP: He Understood…

This entry is part 2 of 12 in the series Lead Like Churchill

wsc-008My great-grandfather would often argue with his longtime bodyguard, Walter Thompson, on whether he should hide in the bunker when the bombs were dropping on London. I have asked these people to risk everything, he said. How can I possibly expect them to take these risks if I too am not prepared to do so?

Churchill often stood atop the government buildings and watched as the Luftwaffe mercilessly bombed his people below. “You do your worst,” he told Hitler. “And we will do our best!”

Leadership is from the front, not the back, hence the reason it’s called ‘leadership’, and not followship.

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