Why Leaders Should Know History…

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“The farther backward you can look, the farther foward you can see.”

– Winston Churchill

With all of his time spent studying history, Churchill was able to see into the future and make predictions of what would happen. The ones we often remember are his predictions about Hitler and the Iron Curtain.

But look at these comments that Churchill made long before they became mainstream.

1901 – 8 hour work day
1917 – air power in the next world war
1917 – atomic bomb
1928 – energy crisis

“It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.” -Winston Churchill

History is vital to our own liberties. Teach it well to your children so they can make wise decisions about the future.

Here are a few ideas:
Ancient History
Medieval History
US History

Never Give In

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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.

– Winston Churchill (1941)

Winston Churchill gave this speech to the school boys at Harrow School where he had once attended school as a youth. He summarizes his view on life and his view on the war against Germany.

Throughout his life, Churchill had to continue through many trials. His father never thought he would amount to much. In his adult life, he was blamed for the failure of a battle plan in World War 1. His friends in Parliament also turned their back on Churchill.

But…Churchill continued on…never giving in!

Courage of Leaders

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Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities…because it is the quality which guarantees all others.
–Winston Churchill

Churchill inspired steely courage during global catastrophes.  When Britain was bombed, Churchill would wait on the government building rooftops.  In this, he modeled the courage that he expected his fellow countrymen to exhibit.

Churchill’s leadership was by example, by an authority gained through superior commitment and sacrifice…and by courage thoroughly tested in the fire.

Courageous Leaders

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If we take the generally accepted definition of bravery as a quality which knows not fear, I have never seen a brave man.  All men are frightened.  The more intelligent they are, the more they are frightened.  The courageous man is the man who forces himself, in spite of his fear, to carry on.
-General George Patton (1885-1945)

Finishing Well

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I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out for a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious.
-Vince Lombardi