Winston Churchill and Emotional Intelligence

2012 by Garza

I’m a fan of a blog called Letters of Note (http://www.lettersofnote.com), which has archived an impressive collection of interesting letters and other correspondence written by and to a host of fascinating public figures. A few days ago I came across a letter that Winston Churchill’s wife wrote her husband soon after he became Britain’s Prime Minister in 1940. Clementine Churchill’s letter is wonderful example of how a deficit in emotional intelligence can play out on an important world stage. It also illustrates speaking truth to power in a courageous and respectful way. I shared the Churchill letter with my community of Georgetown Leadership Coaching alumni, and it was picked up this week by a blog sponsored by the leadership coaching firm ThreeJoy Associates. Look for the September 4, 2012 posting at http://threejoy.com if you want to check it out. It’s an apt follow up to our recent posts about Steve Jobs and his own emotional intelligence challenges.