Leadership can be defined in many different ways. One is "A relationship in which people behaviors are influenced by a great role model" (Mullins, L.J. 2002). Another definition would be "the process of influencing an organization or groups within an organization in its efforts towards achieving a goal" (Johnson, Scholes & Whittington, 2005).The basic quality of a leader is to have the ability to lead his people who are seeking out for the right direction. Leadership is also a process of gaining a trusting relationship with their people to produce willingly actions without the use of pressure. Winston Churchill is an example of a great leader in human history, the most famous and respected man on the Allied Powers. He was also well known for his command during WW2 and his inspiring speeches.
Winston Churchill's birth name was Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill. He was born on November 30, 1874 in Oxfordshire, England (www.winstonchurchill.org/biography). He was a statesman, a soldier, an author, a journalist, and the most important job was a Prime Minister who was very responsible for war aspects, or things that going on during the war. Churchill took up this post in 1940, and due to his confidence, people had had their hopes up. He ensured that military on the Allied side was tight and secure. Consequently, his popular grew surpass Britain to the United States and received from them an honorary American citizen award. Churchill traveled around the world and met with other leaders. Together, they worked and created strategic plans to defeat the Axis power. In 1945, the Labour Party took over his post and stayed in power until 1951. This was when Churchill regained his power but in April 1955, he had to resign because of his illness. He then spent his later years writing books, painting, and traveling. In 1953, he received a Nobel Prize for literature. He encountered a stroke and left this world on January 24, 1965 in London, England.
During World War 2, Churchill established a broadly based government to get the country ready for the war. He figured that trying to negotiate with the Nazi was useless therefore he aimed for a more effective plan that was to create a stable relationship with the U.S (Ranzer, Marcy). In addition, this also benefited British economy. Together, they gave rise to propaganda which later became a huge influence on the attitudes and mindsets of people. ( http://www.world-war-2.info/propaganda) The popular of propaganda unbelievably rise in a short period of times especially the anti German ones which had became the stimulant for the troops to fight their heart out against the Huns, a nick name for Germans, for their countries. (http://www.world-war-2.info/propaganda) With the determined and brilliant tactics, Churchill successfully led the Allied defeated Germany which then resulted in the downfall for the Axis Powers. He was recognized for his victory combats. During the war, he had already made plans for postwar reconstruction.(Ranzer,Marcy) However, he only focused on education and care freed about the other matters, hence people said that it was this that had him lost to the Labour Party in 1945, but his great leadership and contributions for Britain were undeniable.
Churchill, known as a tireless worker, with an imageof confidence inspired people to be supportive for war by his speeches which helped kept up the moral, praisedpeople's bravery and made them feel proud of what they were doing. (www.winstonchurchill.org/the-war-leader) By doing so, he had aroused their patriotism. Hewas the hope along with his speeches were crucial to British people to help them through the "dark days". They were so powerfuland had such impact to the people that they are stillremembered. In one particularspeechhe said: "We shall fight on thebeaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fights in thefields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall neversurrender." (www.winstonchurchill.org/the-war-leader). This showed that he was determined to win this battle. He spent nights at the troop camps show hissupport. His speeches stirred the masses and mobilized the British. He was always full plans and strategy of how to gain victory and beat the Axis forces.
Churchill was the one figure that everyonelistened to and looked up to. If he acted like acoward and was afraid of the opponent then Britain would be in its doom. Fortunately, he was the man, the light of hope tomany people and inspired them to be supportive and have faith in their country and especially him, their leader. Hisspeeches were the factors that boosted up people's confidence to get through the war and had them doing allthey could to help their country. He said in the House of Commons "I wouldsay to the House, as I said to those who have joined this government:I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat." He knew that this path he chose wasn't easy to pass but he would try and try till his last breath.In the end, his efforts were shown by the successful defeating of the Axis Powers. When people saw Churchill, they felt proud and confident because they saw their hero and they knew that they chose the right path to follow his lead. But the thing that fascinated them was the V shape that he made with his hands for victory. His courageous leadership was the catalyst for the stubborn resistance of the British and the ultimate victory of the Allied forces over the Axis. When everything continued to go wrong, when things could get any worse, he was there to encourage and give support. With his inspiring personality and power, he motivated the nation of Great Britain to do what they believed to be impossible.
No one leads all of the time. Leaders also work as followers, "everyone uses a portion of their day following and another portion leading" (Galie and Bopst, 2006). Leadership is a wonderful quality for anyone to possess because not everyone can endure this task. However, a person can learn to have leadership qualities if they have the desire. A good leader has many excellent qualities such as the ability to attract followers, knows how to encourage them, and be able to express himself clearly. Winston Churchill is a man who qualified all of the possible qualities of leader which makes him a great one. His inspiring speeches and incredible command will be forever commemorated. But leaders too make mistakes, however, his mistakes could never outweigh his achievement and contribution to Britain. Thus, Churchill had become the man, the hero, and forever a beloved leader to his people.