14. Charles de Gaulle and Exiting Algeria: Good Timing

  1. Al Gini1 and
  2. Ronald M. Green2

Published Online: 25 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118551653.ch14

10 Virtues of Outstanding Leaders: Leadership and Character

10 Virtues of Outstanding Leaders: Leadership and Character

How to Cite

Gini, A. and Green, R. M. (2013) Charles de Gaulle and Exiting Algeria: Good Timing, in 10 Virtues of Outstanding Leaders: Leadership and Character, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118551653.ch14

Author Information

  1. 1

    Loyola University Chicago, USA

  2. 2

    Dartmouth College, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 9 APR 2013

Book Series:

  1. Foundations of Business Ethics

Book Series Editors:

  1. W. Michael Hoffman and
  2. Robert E. Frederick

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470672303

Online ISBN: 9781118551653

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Keywords:

  • Algeria;
  • Charles de Gaulle;
  • good timing;
  • leadership

Summary

The chapter describes the virtue of good timing by Charles de Gaulle's life. This is a blend of political insight, patience, and courage that allows a leader to defer action and to resist criticism until just the right moment for action, when success can best be achieved. De Gaulle arrived in London in June 1940 with little more than his personal baggage and a resolve to save his country from defeat. In May 1958 it was not immediate action that was called for but slow advance against a formidable array of obstacles. Although de Gaulle was committed from the start to some form of Algerian independence, he realized that France was not yet ready. Separated by eighteen years, these two episodes in de Gaulle's life illustrate his understanding that as important as the act itself is the choice of when to act.