Churchill on Leadership
Executive Success in the Face of Adversity
September 21, 2010
About Steven F. Hayward
Steven F. Hayward is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute
(www.aei.org) in Washington, D.C., an adjunct fellow of the John Ashbrook
Center, a former Bradley Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, a Weaver Fellow of
the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and a senior fellow at the Pacific Research
Institute (www.pacific-research.org) in San Francisco.
Hayward writes on a wide range of public policy issues, including the
environment, law, economics and public policy. He is the coauthor of the annual
Index of Leading Environmental Indicators and the producer and host of An
Inconvenient Truth . . . or Convenient Fiction?, a rebuttal to Al Gore's
documentary. His work has appeared in National Review, New York Times, Wall
Street Journal, Reason, The Weekly Standard, Policy Review, Los Angeles Daily
News and Chicago Tribune.
Hayward earned a Bachelors of Science in business and administrative studies
from Lewis and Clark College. He then earned a Ph.D. in American studies and an
Masters of Arts in government from the Claremont Graduate School.
Steven F. Hayward is a recognized authority on world leaders. In addition to
Churchill on Leadership Hayward authored books on Ronald Reagan including The
Age of Reagan, 1964-1980: The Fall of the Old Liberal Order and The Age of
Reagan: The Conservative Counterrevolution: 1980-1989. He wrote The Real
Jimmy Carter in 2004 and Greatness: Reagan, Churchill, and the Making of
Extraordinary Leaders in 2005.
What Do You Know About Churchill?
Young Statesman: 1901-1914
The Challenge of War: August 1914-1916
The Stricken World: 1917-1922
The Prophet of Truth: 1923-1939
Finest Hour: September 1940-1941
Road to Victory: 1942-1945
Never Despair: May 1945-1965
• Churchill was an abuser of alcohol. • An actor read Churchill’s wartime speeches.
• Churchill’s father died of syphilis. • Churchill and FDR knew of the impending attack on
Pearl Harbor but did nothing in order to draw the
United States into the war.
• Churchill had a learning disability.
• Churchill crushed the striking Welsh miners by
• Churchill was a poor student in school. sending in troops.
• Alexander Fleming saved Churchill from drowning. • Churchill opposed the India Bill out of hopelessly
Victorian view of the Empire.
• Churchill had knowledge of the holocaust during the war
but did nothing about it.
Five Distinct Truths
1. That there is full authority.
2. That there is a reasonable prospect of success.
3. That greater interests are not compromised.
4. That all possible care and forethought are exercised in the
5. That all vigor and determination are shown in the execution.
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