Winston Churchill is regarded as one of the greatest wartime leaders of the twentieth century after leading Great Britain during the Second World War. After roles in the military, as a journalist and as a politician, He became British Prime Minister for the first time in 1940 and inspired a nation during incredibly difficult times. A wonderful speaker, astute decision-maker and with an unwaveringly resolute character, Churchill is often perceived as one of the greatest leaders to have ever existed.
Name: Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill
Life: November 30, 1874 – January 24, 1965
Place of Birth: Oxfordshire, England
Education: Harrow School
Family: Married, four children
Roles: Member of Parliament, statesman, soldier, journalist, historian, author, painter and British Prime Minister
Time in Office: 1940-45 and 1951-55
Achievements: Survived the Front Line in the First World War, hugely inspirational in leading Britain through the Second World War, elected to Parliament at only 25 and awarded various medals for his military service
Churchill never lost his belief in himself and his nation. He never doubted that Britain would emerge victorious, having an unerring determination to lead his country to victory; ‘Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.’
Churchill regularly inspired others through powerful speeches. He kept moral high, convinced the nation that Britain would never give in and showed himself as a symbol of the great resistance to the enemy. In a rousing, heartfelt speech in the House of Commons in 1940, he illustrated this excellent quality, ‘we shall fight on 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.’
In the face of adversity, you need your leader to rally the troops and keep them going. Churchill was the master of this due to his optimistic character, ‘A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.’
Churchill consistently showed great judgement, an essential quality of a good leader. He vociferously opposed the appeasement of Hitler’s Germany and played a central role in the United States’ intervention in World War II.