14. Charles de Gaulle and Exiting Algeria: Good Timing
Published Online: 25 MAR 2013
Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
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
- Published Online: 25 MAR 2013
- Published Print: 9 APR 2013
Book Series Editors:
- W. Michael Hoffman and
- Robert E. Frederick
Print ISBN: 9780470672303
Online ISBN: 9781118551653
- Charles de Gaulle;
- good timing;
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.