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Nov 05

Margaret Thatcher on Leadership: Lessons for American Conservatives Today

Margaret Thatcher was Britain’s first woman prime minister, and the longest continuously-serving prime minister of the 20th Century. She was a grocer’s daughter who rose from humble origins to become one of the greatest political figures of modern times. 

The Iron Lady succeeded in leading an economic and political revolution that transformed a nation on its deathbed into a self-confident global powerhouse, through the implementation of conservative policies, ideals and values. She was a conviction prime minister who challenged conventional wisdom and refused to accept the dominant liberal attitudes of the day. 

Like Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher demonstrated why principled conservative leadership works. She never surrendered her beliefs though many around her had already given up. She won arguments with humor and iron-clad reasoning. She understood that resolve, honor and conviction could change minds – as well as bring despotic regimes to the ground. 

In Margaret Thatcher on Leadership, Dr. Nile Gardiner and co-author Dr. Stephen Thompson outline the critical lessons U.S. conservatives can learn from Lady Thatcher on articulating key principles to a broader audience. They offer both an inspirational and practical guide that combines events from Lady Thatcher’s life with the lessons that conservatives can apply to the challenges facing America today.

More About the Speakers

Nile Gardiner, Ph.D.
Director, Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom, The Heritage Foundation