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Churchill on Leadership


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Table of Contents

Introduction: The World of Politics and the World of Commerce-What Business Leaders Can Learn from the Great Statesmen
Chapter 1: The Keys to Understanding Churchill
Chapter 2: The Executive Churchill: A Brief Survey of His Career in Public Office
Chapter 3: Confronting Failure and Learning from Mistakes
Chapter 4: Churchill on Administration: Responsibility and Organization
Chapter 5: Churchill on Personnel: Managing People and Managing Yourself
Chapter 6: The Power of Decision: Churchill's Thought Process
Chapter 7: Churchill the Communicator
Chapter 8: Churchill's Personal Traits: The Completion of Leadership
Chapter 9: Churchill the Inventor and Innovator
Chapter 10: Substance Over Style-Moral Purpose, Destiny, and the Force of Personal Leadership
Appendix: A Biographical Sketch of Churchill's Executive Career
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About the Author

Steven F. Hayward is a senior fellow of the Pacific Research Institute, a public policy think-tank based in San Francisco, and a contributing editor for Reason magazine. He holds a doctorate in history from the Claremont Graduate School.


It seems such a natural idea to distill the "management" wisdom of an inspirational leader such as Winston Churchill for today's corporate chiefdoms. Unfortunately, Hayward, who works for the think tank Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy, does not deliver. He identifies four strategies that he believes made Churchill a successful leader: "candor and plain speaking, decisiveness, the ability to balance attention to details with a view of the wider scene, and a historical imagination that informed his judgment." But instead of using those strategies as an organizing principle‘giving managers examples of how Churchill put those traits into practice‘Hayward treats us to truncated versions of numerous Churchill biographies. Except for his chapter on Churchill the communicator, there is never any analysis of Churchill's effective leadership. Even the pithy quotes from the prime minister at the end of each chapter lack a "how to" component. Given Churchill's autocratic nature, perhaps it's just as well. (June)

"Perhaps the finest book on practical leadership ever written."
- Brian Tracy
"Winston Churchill once said, 'We are all worms. But I do believe that I am a glow worm.' His business acumen, grounded in candor, glows in this uncommon management guide."
- Cathy Madison, Utne Reader
"This book is must reading for today's business leaders and entrepreneurs."
- Fred W. Mackenback, retired president and CEO, The Lincoln Electric Company
"Churchill on Leadership demonstrates that the principles that guided Churchill ably translate to private industry today . . . [I]f you remove Churchill from his political context, he would have the resume to be among the great business leaders of any age."
- Business Times

Strock, an attorney with a long career in public service, aims to provide guidance to those in leadership by distilling lessons from the official conduct of former U.S. President Ronald Reagan. The topics covered include Reagan's commitment to a vision, decisiveness, ability to learn from failure, and management techniques such as delegating, holding meetings, and setting priorities. Each chapter contains a summary of the principles covered and supposedly demonstrated by Reagan, the only value in the book, and the author borrows heavily from memoirs by former Reagan aides, appointees, lackeys, and sycophants. The effort to portray Reagan's style as exemplifying sound principles of leadership borders on sanctification and seems far-fetched at best. Neither biography nor history, this book represents a feeble attempt to derive leadership principle from insubstantial sources, a phenomenon of serious concern to executives well documented in John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge's The Witch Doctors (LJ 12/96). Harried executives interested in leadership advice should instead seek out the solid works of Stephen Covey and Peter Drucker, for example, and pass on this lightweight tome. Recommended for presidential libraries and only on demand for smaller public libraries.ÄDale F. Farris, Groves, TX

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