Leadership Principles of Winston Churchill

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Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and from 1951 to 1955. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We all want to win. So here is some inspiration from a winner.

  • Meet challenges head on.
  • Be curious and daring. Seek opportunities to display courage in the ordinary course of business or daily life.
  • 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.
  • When life or business deals a bad hand, have faith. The most inspiring opportunities for courage come when you face the longest odds.
  • When new problems arise consider creating new organizations or methods for solving them.
  • Refurbish rusty organizations. Streamline them to create clear lines of coordination and command.
  • Infuse ordinary tasks with purpose by humanizing them, adding an element of fun and removing bureaucracy.
  • All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Excessive workloads reduce creativity and lower production. Provide time for relaxation, no matter how tight the deadline.
  • Be pragmatic and flexible.Change rules and policies when the situation demands it. Keep an open mind.
  • Inspire people to find quicker ways of achieving goals.
  • Make sure technology is not spurned by those you do not understand it.
  • Learn from your mistakes. One of the biggest lessons is recognizing how many variables you can juggle and expect to succeed.
  • To achieve long term objectives requires vision. Leaders adapt to changing circumstances and evolve and adjust short-term strategies.
  • Initiative and willpower help carry an organization in crisis. Remember that optimism and strength of character are contagious.
  • Leave a loose rein for those charged with delivering results. Give individual the opportunity to exercise initiative.
  • Speed is a great asset. Act quickly and you’ll need fewer resources to accomplish the objective.
  • Lead from the front, physically and intellectually.
  • Position yourself where you can exert the greatest influence on the most important issues of the day.
  • Engage yourself in the hiring process. Ignore perceived notions on the kinds of workers suited to upper management. Promote strong leaders, even if they are controversial.
  • Be loyal to subordinates.
  • Make your own hours to bring vitality to your work.
  • Share the risks and hardships faced by others in your organization.
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