Winston Churchill - a Leader

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Winston Churchill

Introduction

In this report I will be profiling Winston Churchill, I chose Winston Churchill because when I think of a leader (political or otherwise) Churchill always springs to mind. In this report I will be identifying and examining the the different traits that Winston Churchill has displayed and differentiate between them as to whether they are traits of a leader or of a manager.

Winston Churchill was born in Woodstock, England in 1874 to a wealthy aristocratic family, he attended several schools as a child, including the prestigious Harrow school. From there Churchill joined the British Army and attended the Royal Military Academy of Sandhurst. During Churchill's time in the army he travelled the world and served in places such as Cuba, India, Sudan and South Africa. During his time in the army he served as a war correspondent for several London newspapers and wrote several books about his experiences. During this time Churchill was highest paid war correspondent in the British army.

After his time in the army Churchill decided to go into politics like his father. He won his first seat representing the Conservative Party in Oldham and throughout his political career served as a member of parliament for several seats and also crossed the floor and changed political parties several times, serving as the Liberal Member for Manchester North West and Dundee and as the Conservative member for Epping and Woodford. During his time in parliament he was appointed the Home Secretary and the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

In 1940 after the resignation of the then Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, Winston Churchill was appointed Prime Minister. He became a leader during the second world war and it is because of his leadership that we still remember him today.

Traits and Skills

Churchill possessed many of the traits that we have discussed in class that make a good leader. He was Inspirational, Decisive, a good Communicator and would Collaborate with others.

Inspirational

Churchill had, by the time that he became Prime Minister, over 40 years of political experience serving in the House of Commons as well as his time in the Army. He was an example to his peers and was well known and respected by the public due to his tenure as a MP and by his war correspondence. He endeavoured to be trustworthy, honest and hard working and the public respected him for it, he always held himself to the highest standards and lead by example.

He was also an excellent communicator and it is through this that he was able to be inspirational. He is often quoted when talking about leadership.
“We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender”
-Winston Churchill

This speech about the battle of France is one of the most often quoted political speeches and severed to inspire the Empire during the crisis of the Second World War.

This is defiantly a trait of a leader as leaders inspire others to follow them.

Decisive

Churchill was a decisive leader and because of this he drew great praise and great criticism. He was willing to make the hard decisions for the good of the country, decisions that many lesser leaders would not have been able to make.

There were several occasions where such decisive leadership was required and due to his actions Churchill drew a lot of criticism at the time however most of those who understood the circumstances believed that Churchill made the right decision despite the difficulty of it.

An examples of this is Churchill's decision to destroy several French warships that due to the surrender of France would have fallen under Nazi control. Churchill gave the French the option of destroying the ships themselves or hand them over to the British Navy. When the French refused both options Churchill made the decision to have the...
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