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Churchill: Above all, courage

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Executive Leadership is pleased to welcome Winston Churchill, who epitomizes what leadership is all about, in this time-machine interview.

EL: Much of your leadership success has been attributed to your ability as a public speaker. Were you always blessed with great oratory skills?

Churchill: No, indeed. I was born with a lisp. It was an American [Congressman Bourke Cockran, New York] who inspired me and taught me how to use every note of the human voice like an organ. He was my model. I learned from him how to hold thousands in thrall. In all modesty, I was the master of chiasmus.

EL: Chiasmus?

Churchill: Chiasmus is a rhetorical device—to use chiasmus is to reverse the order of the words in two otherwise parallel phrases. Some of my better examples are: “Now this is not the end. This is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” Or my favorite: “I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my...(register to read more)

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