How to Lead Like Winston Churchill—3 Important Leadership Lessons

Winston Churchill visiting the ruins of Coventry Cathedral in 1941.

In this guest post, Bruce Harpham shares three important leadership lessons from the life and work of Winston Churchill.

I love to learn from the most successful people in life. It’s one of the best ways to gain new insights and accelerate your learning.

When it comes to leadership, it’s hard to find a better example than Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill. I was fascinated by him ever since I visited the Cabinet War Rooms in London, England some years ago.

Many know Winston Churchill from his exceptional leadership during the Second World War. That is only part of the story. Churchill has much to teach us, whether you are into politics or not.

When you choose to study Churchill, you have a great wealth of resources to use. I draw on Churchill: A Life by Martin Gilbert. It’s a well-crafted book that clocks in around 1,000 pages. Consider this article your introduction to Churchill’s story. I am also indebted to the excellent resources provided by the Churchill Centre.

Lessons From Winston Churchill

I will teach you three important leadership lessons from the life and work of Winston Churchill. Master just one of these leadership lessons, and you will set yourself apart from most people. If you work on all three skills, you may rival Churchill’s achievements.

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