Reading a timely book on Churchill’s leadership during the Blitz. Some qualities of leadership he demonstrated included honesty, thinking ahead, and asking for help. His speeches were always based on facts. When they were losing the war, he was honest about it and told the British people what to expect (blood, toil, and tears). He did not downplay the reality they were facing or make overly optimistic promises. He planned ahead by making sure every UK citizen had a gas mask and knew how to shelter in place *before* Germany could deploy planes capable of reaching Britain. He was unafraid to ask for and accept foreign assistance. These are just a few lessons of leadership from an admittedly flawed man who stepped up when Britain really needed him. Lessons for today’s leaders that our present reality is neither a drill nor a show.
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