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Soundview Executive Book SummariesLessons In Leadership
Celia Sandys is more than just an expert on Winston Churchill: She is his granddaughter. While researching his legacy and exploring her personal history with the man, she has uncovered a plethora of timeless wisdom that she has boiled down to a number of essential leadership principles that guided him throughout his career and can be applied by any leader who wants to be more effective and motivate others.
We Shall Not Fail is a leadership primer, filled with vivid stories, letters and speeches from Churchill's life that have been turned into thoughtful lessons that modern business leaders can use for guidance and inspiration.
On May 10, 1940, Winston Churchill became the wartime Prime Minister of Britain. As a journalist, a soldier, a field commander and an administrator, he knew how to lead, and his leadership skills were vital as his nation faced the Nazis who had already run over France, Belgium and Holland. He was able to take on this monumental task because he possessed the qualities that are needed by a great leader.
Each chapter of We Shall Not Fail contains a narrative that describes the events of his life that demonstrated his ability to lead and embody the principles he espoused, and ends with a list of Churchillian Principles related to the topic at hand.
The first chapter of his book is dedicated to courage, and describes the man who demonstrated immense courage while fighting on the battlefield, while saving soldiers from a derailed train, and while escaping from a Boer prison camp to fight again.
Using these experiences as a foundation, the authors list these accompanying principles:
- Meet challenges head on.
- A good leader creates a culture where failure and error are looked upon as steps toward success.
- A demonstration of personal courage can galvanize a team or organization that lacks resolve.
Other topics of leadership that are addressed in We Shall Not Fail include challenge convention, be magnanimous, resist bullies, touch the troops, turn details into action, never surrender, experiment, forge alliances, and build hope and confidence. Copyright © 2003 Soundview Executive Book Summaries