If the follow up question was ‘how many of you have the word leader on your business card’, I expect that no hands would be raised.
Churchill came to power upon the resignation of his predecessor Neville Chamberlain. He served from 1940 until the war’s end. But to the point of ‘…for such a time as this…’, he was voted out of office scarcely weeks after the end of the war because the general opinion was that his skills were not consistent with the needs of a nation now ready to re-build its’ economy in the post-war period.
Sometimes the blame extends not only to the leader but to the Board of Directors as well. I recommend you to this article to you as it speaks to the need to stop idolizing leaders and recognize their actual performance and contribution to the company.
As a leader, do you have the courage and confidence to step forward and recommend change, even when that change means that you lose your job? If you are as good as you think you are, there will always be opportunities to apply your skills in another role. And if you truly care about the success of the company and the welfare of your staff, this will be an easy decision.
Or will you choose to hang on beyond your personal best before date. Your leadership is for such a time as this. IS THIS STILL YOUR TIME?