Great Leaders Win

Great Leaders Win

Effective leaders have an inability to accept defeat. Not winning is unacceptable to them, so they figure out what must be done and go after it with everything in their power. No one personified this trait better than Winston Churchill, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, during WWII. In his first speech to the British people after becoming the Prime Minister he said: “You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word. It is victory; victory at all costs; victory in spite of all terror; victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival.”

Later, on October 29, 1941, Churchill addressed students at the Harrow School with a similar message. In the middle of his speech he said: “Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never – in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” Churchill understood that effective leadership is a results contest. Leaders always find a way for their organizations (countries) and people to win.

All contents copyright © 2012, Josh Lowry. All rights reserved.

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