Author(s): Charles Phillips
What qualities enabled George Washington-celebrated as the 'father of his country'-to lead a sometimes ramshackle army to victory in the American Revolutionary War and then serve with distinction as the first US President in 1789-97? How did Winston Churchill succeed in inspiring the British people in the darkest days of World War II, when the struggle against the power of Nazi Germany might have seemed hopeless? What made Queen Elizabeth I-hailed as 'Gloriana' by her people-such a triumphantly successful leader, who oversaw the defeat of the mighty Spanish Armada and the flowering of literary geniuses such as William Shakespeare?..In the modern era, natural authority and honed leadership skills drove Martin Luther King Jr, Fidel Castro, Margaret Thatcher, and Nelson Mandela to make history. The sports teams of British soccer manager Sir Alex Ferguson, baseball coach John McGraw, and Vince Lombardi in American Football, galvanized by brilliant leadership, played on to unprecedented success. While creative powerhouses such as William Morris and Pablo Picasso harnessed their huge talents to change the way people saw the world...Have the qualities needed by great leaders changed across centuries? How have the image of the leader and the concept of leadership evolved? This gripping book combines the stories of great leaders' achievements with insightful analysis of what inspired them to lead, and how they pursued and found success. Categorized into stories of 8 religious figureheads, 9 cultural visionaries, 15 military geniuses and 18 political leaders and social visionaries, here is history at its most powerful- and most relevant.
Charles Phillips is a graduate of Oxford University and the author of more than 35 books. He was a key writer on Time Life's Myth and Mankind series, 1001 Battles that Changed the Course of History and The Military History Book. His successful histories include An Illustrated History of the Crusades, The Crusader Knights and Royal Britain, and The Lost History of the Aztec and Maya.