The Darkest Hour (what people really need)
We kicked off the summer holidays with a family trip to the Churchill War Rooms; it was fascinating to walk the top-secret corridors and get a glimpse of what life would have been like during the tense days and nights of the Second World War.
The following evening, Mrs N and I watched the ‘Darkest Hour’ – set in the early days of World War II, where newly appointed Prime Minister Churchill finds himself torn between standing up to Adolf Hitler and sitting down at the bargaining table.
There was one scene that really resonated with me…
Under immense pressure from his colleagues in government to secure a peace treaty, Churchill went AWOL and hopped on the London Underground (he’d never travelled that way before) to speak to the ‘ordinary’ people.
They all backed his gut feeling and desire to fight to the bitter end, not to settle for a peace treaty. A massive turning point and the rest is history.
That one scene reassured me that no matter who you are, whatever position you’re in, everyone needs:
Something to believe in …
Someone to believe in …
Someone to believe in them.
So, if you’re currently at a point where you don’t know which way to turn, then ask for feedback, ask for help.
And remember the power of this for your team because they need this too. When was the last time you sat down with them to share your vision (as the leader) and how they fit into it all, or feeding back how they’re doing and how they can be developed?
As Churchill said:
“The price of greatness is responsibility.”
So, if you have any questions this week, you know where I am.