On May 10, 1940 Winston Churchill accepted a formidable job to accomplish - He took over the leadership position as prime minister of Great Britain. The future was dim, the horrible rout of the British on the beaches of Dunkirk was just a few weeks away and France was failing to resist the Nazi march. We know now that Churchill picked up the mantle of leadership and turned the British from the edge of defeat, both militarily and socially, and led his country to eventual victory over the oppression of Nazi Germany.
Churchill did not do this alone. As a leader he inspired and directed an incredible effort. Churchill's efforts and his behaviors as an example of war leadership are a rich source of leadership qualities that apply to our roles as managers and leaders. I look at Churchill's behaviors as something beyond war leadership, his key behaviors are applicable to any leadership situation in war or peace.