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V for Victory

A pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. An optimist sees opportunity in every difficult. ~ Winston Churchill

Are you seen as a pessimistic or optimistic leader?

Like it or not leaders have a responsibility to others. Some embrace it willingly. Others shy away from it.  Recent articles suggest Millenials & Generation Z’s don’t want or need traditional leadership.  To that I say, “What-evuh!” Leadership matters now more than ever.  I’m not talking about the artificial leadership that permeates throughout corporate America.  I’m talking about authentic leadership that people can immediately recognize, embrace, and leverage.

What does it look like? It looks like Winston Churchill’s “V for Victory” sign.  This became popular during World War II as a rallying emblem.  It was meant to inspire defenders and citizens.  It also sent a powerful message to would-be occupiers that they were surrounded, encircled by immense crowds of citizens waiting for their moment of weakness and watching for their failure.

Are you the optimistic leader that people want to follow?  How do you handle adversity and challenges?  In times of change do people turn to you for insight and support?  When an opportunity presents what do you focus on?  Do you feed solutions?  Do you starve problems?  Are you an optimistic leader?

We should all attempt to emulate Winston Churchill’s bold leadership.  He’s not saying “Peace Out” with his two fingers.  He’s telling us that there are two things about leadership that matter most.  It has to be real and it has to be authentic.

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3 Comments on “V for Victory”

  1. Anonymous 12/27/2012 at 9:51 PM #

    Liked the Churchill quote. I stole it for a team meeting I had with my managers. You’re right…leadership does matter today. Good piece.

    • Danijela 01/05/2013 at 5:15 AM #

      A note from one in the ‘colonies’. I grew up during WW2, now 67, and reeebmmr Roosevelt and Churchill. A child of the time, I reeebmmr now what you stated as we as free nations faced a prepared enemy in the Axis nations that tried in vain to occupy England and even the US. We, the US, helped with ships and cargo and war material, before Dec. 7th, 1941, when Japan ‘woke the sleeping tiger’. We, the US, were not armed, had a very small standing army as we at the time felt no threat, seeking isolaton in many eyes back then. But the world was getting smaller and smaller and soon the Crown and our GI’s were taking the war to Hitler and Tojo and Mussolini. They soon found us, fighting together, not seeking anyone’s permission or approval, to fight for the rights and safety of our much loved countries. I enjoyed your writing this morning. Just a small note to let your know someone is reading your blog. Jeff, authorizeddealer.blogspot.com. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year…

      • Kevin Mancini 01/05/2013 at 7:06 AM #

        Danijela – I appreciate your commentary this morning. I am honored that you read my blog and were able to reflect back on the experience.

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