Wisdom from the Ancients: Enduring Business Lessons from Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, and the Illustrious Leaders of Ancient Greece and Rome

Wisdom from the Ancients: Enduring Business Lessons from Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, and the Illustrious Leaders of Ancient Greece and Rome

Wisdom from the Ancients: Enduring Business Lessons from Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, and the Illustrious Leaders of Ancient Greece and Rome

Wisdom from the Ancients: Enduring Business Lessons from Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, and the Illustrious Leaders of Ancient Greece and Rome

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This work arises out of the essence of our cultural heritage. The foundations of modern European and North

American civilization lie in the societies of the ancient Greeks and Romans. They were our predecessors who first lived in states made up of citizens with complex social behaviors and fought struggles (sometimes all too savage) over the nature of a good and just way of living. Preeminently, they articulated their political values and beliefs in writing and codified them in law. The political ideals that in time animated the American founding fathers had their roots in the political orders of classical antiquity. Unsurprisingly, concepts that are now essential to political culture, such as politics, legislation, and democratic and republican forms of government, were formulated in the ancient world. Since the very notion of secular leadership is fundamentally an inheritance from ancient classical civilization, any consideration of the nature of leadership can profit from a long and studied glance at the experiences of the Greeks and Romans.

Naturally, management is a particular mode of leadership that we apply to the enterprises that supply both the material goods and the manifold services that characterize modern industrial and consumerist economies. Our material culture . . .

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