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Personal Development category focuses on continuous improvement for 21st Century Leaders.
On Friday, May 10, 1940, at 5:35 a.m., the beautiful spring dawn of northwestern Europe was sundered by the unanticipated, unmistakable, ominous, thunderous rumble of heavy artillery fire. Adolf Hitler himself was on the scene, directing the surprise German invasion of Holland and Belgium.
The ruthlessly effective Blitzkrieg that had been loosed upon Poland was now on the move in the West. The Wehrmacht moved with rapid, rehearsed precision through the Low Countries. Its success surprised even the German high command. The Luftwaffe hit French airfields, as well as targets in Holland and Belgium.
Amid the chaos, British prime minister Neville Chamberlain scrambled to hold together his government. Hours of political maneuvering removed any lingering doubt that the premier could not unite his Conservative party, much less Labour and Liberals, into a war cabinet.
Shortly after 6 pm, Winston Churchill was called by a reluctant King George VI to form a new, all-party government.
Steven Spielberg’s recent movie, Lincoln, is a real treat to watch. The acting is superb and the period sets and costumes are magnificent.
More important however than all that are some of the lessons in leadership we can all learn from our 16th President.
Books have been written about the many leadership lessons Lincoln demonstrated, but there are three that may stand out as the most important. All three were well depicted in the movie.
Personality and charm and motivation can be brilliant baubles of charismatic leadership as it’s experienced by others in real-time.
The test of time is more demanding. It’s focused on results. Future generations can see what’s happened. They have to live with the consequences.
The supreme leadership test: Would the most significant actions and consequences have occurred, had others held the relevant position of power or influence?
Margaret Thatcher’s leadership passes this test, indeed flies past it.