Leader Analysis: Winston Churchill

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UNiversity of Maryland EMBA program

Required by EMBA 656: Leadership and Human Capital
Doctor Joyce Russell

Leader Analysis: Winston churchill by

Alicia Lynch

21 February 2011

Leader Analysis: Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill was arguably one of the most significant political leaders in the last century. A soldier, athlete, author, reporter, British politician, and international statesman, Churchill is best known as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940-1945. He organized and guided British resistance against Nazi Germany’s effort to subdue the European Continent and heavily influenced the subsequent and much larger allied war effort that was eventually victorious over the axis powers. This paper will briefly
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In 1915 he presided over the most significant political and military defeat of the war – the Gallipoli campaign. Churchill, in searching for an alternative to the statement on the Western Front in France, advocated for an attack from a different direction to force the Germans to fight on multiple fronts – he chose to fight at Gallipoli on the Dardanelles Peninsula of Turkey. Gallipoli was a disaster and Churchill resigned in its aftermath. Out of government, he successfully lobbied for reinstatement of his Army commission and a command in France. For six months he commanded the 6th Battalion of the Royal Scots Fusiliers in the trenches. After his command was reorganized and eliminated, he returned to the Liberal Asquith government as Minister of Munitions, Secretary of State for War, and Secretary of State for Air. After the war, Churchill again switched parties and served as Chancellor of the Exchequer in the Conservative government of Stanley Baldwin. After a ten year absence from leadership, Churchill was again appointed First Lord of the Admiralty on the outbreak of World War II. Culminating in 1940, with the resignation of Neville Chamberlain, he was appointed to his first term as Prime Minister.
In the following paragraphs, I will analyze Churchill the leader and the characteristics of his leadership style using our framework for transformational leaders. Addison offers that, “Winston Churchill grew up to believe
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