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History Lessons by Jonathan Gifford

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Leaders are often judged by the vision that they bring to their organization. It is probably a mistake to imagine that every organization is susceptible to a new grand vision. The great leaders from history tend, by definition, to have been leaders of a nation, an empire, a movement. Winston Churchill set out a vision for the British people that said that they could, and should, resist the spread of Nazi Germany. It seemed impossible for a small nation—still reeling from the effects of the World War I and the Depression—to stop such a mighty war machine, but Churchill persuaded the nation that it could, just somehow, achieve exactly that. There ...

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