S6 Ep 08: Leader Analysis Series

Sir Winston Churchill

This week on the WarriorU Podcast, Bram Connolly and Lieutenant Colonel Trent Burnard continue their Leader Analysis Series. During this series, Trent and Bram will be pulling apart leadership styles through history and attributing them with a score for different areas of leadership. By doing this, they hope to find skills and attributes that modern leaders may, or may not want to emulate.

This week they dissect Sir Winston Churchill as a leader. Churchill was born in 1874 and was a direct descendant from the Dukes of Marlborough.

He started his career as a journalist and military man. He joined parliament in the 1900s and was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945, when he led the country to victory in the Second World War. He was a leader who could bring disparate groups of people under one banner and make them carry out a mission and vision for the nation.

We start off our conversation with a snippet from Churchill’s ‘Blood, Toil, Sweat and Tears’ speech.

Leadership Analysis

Inspiration and Motivation – Score: 10/10

  • Able to resonate and empathize with all levels of society, making his leadership appeal.
  • Effectively used speeches to articulate this vision to all social levels of the British public
  • Marginally opportunistic and narcissistic.

Providing Purpose and Direction – Score: 8/10

  • Despite failing health, he was flexible and was seen to learn from his mistakes.
  • Achieved many of his missions and visions for German defeat.
  • Willing to go against his party in order to pursue his own vision and values for the good of the people.
  • Although leadership was continually challenged Churchill remained vigilant.

Effectiveness of Leadership Style – Score: 8 /10

  • Leadership style changed over time.
  • Ability to make a decision and stand behind his choices.
  • Cooperation and collaboration often failed as Churchill openly rejected advice.

Enduring Legacy – Score: 9/10

  • Voted the greatest Britain in all of history.
  • Perceived as an inspiring leader with integrity and determination who led the nation through the darkest hour to defeat Hitler.

How it ended for them – Score: 10/10

  • After a long political career, Churchill was able to achieve his goals.
  • Received a state funeral upon his death in 1965.

Overall Leadership Summary – Score: 45/ 50

Sir Winston Churchill was in touch with the common person who saw him be a figure of inspiration for his determination, commitment, patriotism and integrity, especially during the war.

His inspiriting motivation led him to higher political positions. Effectively pursued his mission of protecting Britain and providing for the nations people and was flexible in doing so. His leadership style ranged from independent to collaborative, to more of a delegator towards the end of his political leadership.

Churchill achieved remarkable visions that he was able to sell to the people, such as defeating Germany, when people couldn’t see any hope. He faced his strongest challenges from a leadership style, during unpopular times and missions.  His enduring legacy as the greatest Britain in all of history, and one of the inspiring and effective world leaders.

Tweetable Quotes:

“Imagine what this world would look like without Sir Winston Churchill.” – Lieutenant Colonel Trent Burnard

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Listen to the full ‘Blood, Toil, Sweat and Tears’ speech.

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