How often do you think about this question – “Are you a leader?” You may think of yourself as a business owner, an entrepreneur, or an exemplary employee, but it may surprise you to know that none of these positions necessarily make you a leader. And yet, leadership is one of the most vital parts of a meaningful life. Everyone needs to lead, no matter their station in life. And if you are a business owner, being a good leader should be a priority.
There are many traits that make a leader a true leader. Winston Churchill is well known as one of the most outstanding leaders of the 20th century. His journey through life is an amazing story, and in every phase of his long life he showed an incredible aptitude for leadership.
Let’s look at a brief overview of his life and how he led those around him to rally in the most dire of times. As we look at his leadership traits, observe how each can be used to make you a better leader in business, as well as your everyday life.
Winston Churchill was born in 1874 to Lord Randolph Churchill and his American born mother, Jennie Jerome, daughter of millionaire Leonard Jerome. Her married name became Lady Randolph Churchill. Winston Churchill and his wife Clementine Hozier, had five children.
At the very young age of 25 he was elected to the Parliament. He served, not just once as the Prime Minister of England, but twice.
“Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality that guarantees all the others” ~Sir Winston Churchill.
Winston Churchill was not a politician or statesman that shied away from action on the battlefield. He fought bravely in wars in Cuba, India, World War I, and Sudan. He was a man who knew himself well, and was quick to voice his opinion, no matter how unpopular. It was this conviction, among other things, that carried him to victory in WWII.
In every circumstance, he was inspirational. He invariably demonstrated optimism, determination, and enthusiasm. He could rally the public around him, and kept morale up wherever he was, in whatever circumstance. His speeches were uplifting, and gave people the will to carry on in the worst conditions, against seemingly impossible odds.
He placed great importance on creating and maintaining strong relationships, which never ceased to help him throughout his long, and fruitful life. Among his noted relationships was his long standing friendship with Franklin D. Roosevelt. They exchanged over 1700 letters and telegrams. Due to his friendship with President Roosevelt, he was able to secure vital oil, munitions, and food that were transported via the North Atlantic shipping routes. Even though Winston Churchill was not in the best of health, he travelled over 100,000 miles during the war, to meet with world leaders. These relationships worked in his favor as he worked to win the war.
He constantly prepared for the future, and when times got tough, he was able to make his government, as well as the populace, as efficient as possible. Before World War I broke out, he studied the competition. He paid careful attention to Germany’s naval progress and strategies, which helped him prepare the British Navy for battle.
He had foresight, as well as an uncanny intuition, which proved one his most valuable assets over the span of his career. Although he recognized that the future was very unpredictable, he was able to prepare in advance for many impending situations. His intuitive decisions were not always popular, yet most proved correct in the long run. He had no fear of undertaking an effort if he believed it to be the best course of action.
His constant companion was his passion. He became one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century with his passion, wit, wisdom, and genuine concern for his people. He consistently rallied the “troops” when he needed to keep their spirits elevated.
Winston Churchill was innovative. The concept of an armored tank was his idea. He created advanced strategies, formed new committees and organizations within the government to meet current demands.
He had poise in the most difficult times. He never avoided the common man, or shied away from confrontation. As a leader, he met with the public, went onto dangerous battle fields, and raised the morale of his people, visiting and comforting them in the bombed ruins. Winston Churchill was always ready to boost morale of his troops and his commanding officers.
And above all, he was still a humble man, always giving credit to the British people that he served so well.
Winston Churchill was truly a great leader. He was an undisputed patriot, always devoted to his people, yet never following the status quo. He understood his “unique voice,” and would not deviate from his beliefs.
- Are Courageous
- Are Inspirational
- Nuture relationships
- Understand the competition
- Are Intuitive
- Are Passionate
- Are Innovative
- Are Poised
- Are Humble
Make leadership your new priority. No matter whether you are a father, mother, daughter, or son; an employee or a CEO – leadership matters. Review these leadership traits and follow in the path of those who have gone before and proven to the world and to themselves, that they had what it takes to lead.
Wishing you the best of fortune, Randall
This article was written by Randall Soules, remodeling coach, adviser, educator, and creator of the Scientific Remodeling System, showing you better ways to advance your business, raise your profits, and improve your life, through the use of superior remodeling processes. If you would like to discover better ways to run your business, click here. He also provides his uniquely customized one-on-one coaching to a select group of contractors. Feel free to contact Randall at Randall@scientificremodelingsystem.com.
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