The Wisdom of Alexander the Great: Enduring Leadership Lessons from the Man Who Created an Empire

The Wisdom of Alexander the Great: Enduring Leadership Lessons from the Man Who Created an Empire

The Wisdom of Alexander the Great: Enduring Leadership Lessons from the Man Who Created an Empire

The Wisdom of Alexander the Great: Enduring Leadership Lessons from the Man Who Created an Empire

Synopsis

"Exceptional leaders are the ones who are able to analyze problems, optimize resources, inspire loyalty, and execute strategy. There is no more stunning example in history than Alexander the Great, whose leadership skills were so immense that they still resonate some 2,000 years later.

The Wisdom of Alexander the Great reveals four leadership processes distilled from the life and extraordinary accomplishments of Alexander, King of Macedonia. Readers will learn how he:

• reframed problems in order to meet seemingly insurmountable challenges

• built alliances by using his strength to generate trust and respect, not just fear

• established identity and ""branded"" himself a unifier, thus keeping the home base secure while continuing to expand his empire

• recognized and assimilated the cultures and symbols of different peoples, becoming a powerful and trusted figure everywhere he went

The Wisdom of Alexander the Great relates 34 riveting episodes from Alexander's expansion through Asia Minor, Egypt, Mesopotamia, the Middle East, the Persian Empire, and India. Each example, tied to a modern-day counterpart, imparts valuable lessons from the timeless legend of one of the greatest leaders in history."

Excerpt

Alexander the Great as a leadership model for the modern world? Dr. Lance Kurke brings to life the heroic exploits of this most extraordinary leader and derives from them clear and concise lessons for those who aspire to be today’s effective leaders.

Truly great leaders change the world around them. They instill in their followers a cohesive identity and clear purpose. They treat difficult problems as addressable opportunities. Whether it involves a historical figure or the modern business organization, the leadership process creates sustained meaning, shared interpretation, and joint action in the organization. This is what Dr. Kurke defines as the process of enactment. in his hands, enactment derives from four leadership processes: reframing problems, building alliances, establishing identity, and directing symbols. Taken together, these four processes create new realities. They influence the choice of priorities and partners and create unity through shared understanding of the importance of chosen actions.

The Wisdom of Alexander the Great is a superbly readable book that rewards its reader with thought-provoking lessons applicable to current business problems. It is written for the busy executive, manager, or military leader in that it is a collage of short self-contained stories that can be sa-

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