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The Political Leader as Master of History: Identifying Key Principles and Leadership Lessons Learned
By | 01/03/2012 3:30AM | SOLUTIONS

5 Ways Leaders Benefit from Identifying Enduring Principles and Key Lessons Learned (Part 1 of 3)


Once the British defeated Napoleon in 1814 they immediately fortified their forces in the fight against the U.S. in the Second War of American Independence. America was unprepared. And with an unpopular war and an undisciplined and ill-equipped militia, the outcome was uncertain. What aided America’s prosecution of the war, up to this point, was Britain’s main engagement in Europe—the Napoleonic Wars. “After Napoleon’s exile,” however, “the trickle of troops to the New World turned into a torrent.”1

The U.S. soon endured a degrading defeat in a hot summer battle that…

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"The lesson of history is that to the degree people
and civilizations have operated in harmony with
correct principles, they have prospered."
–Stephen R. Covey

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Changing of the Guard: Three Leadership Lessons from Britain’s Policies of Appeasement
By | 03/21/2011 12:00PM | BACKGROUND

How Did Prime Minister Chamberlain Fall from Power and What are the Key Takeaways for Leaders Today?


Often portrayed in retrospect as a prophetic “voice in the wilderness;” Winston Churchill spoke out early and often against the rising threat of Hitler’s Nazi regime.1 While Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain and most other British politicians favored an appeasement policy which had support with the British people; Churchill’s warnings were predominantly dismissed as the alarmist ravings of a restless rabble rouser.

In The Gathering Storm (1948), Churchill later reflected: “I felt a sensation of despair. To be so entirely […]

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“Change is the law of life.
And those who look only to the past
or present are certain to miss the future.”
-John F. Kennedy

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