Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, Leonidas, Hannibal.
The ancient world of Rome, Greece, and Egypt are fraught with influential leaders from whom we can learn leadership as well as life lessons. Needless to say, these lessons can be easily implemented in our daily lives. Even in the corporate sector, these lessons can be easily transferred into management practices. Individuals holding managerial positions can imbibe several management lessons and eventually implement them.
So, what are the leadership lessons we can learn from these leaders? Let’s take a look:
#1. Alexander the Great (BC 356–BC 323)
“I see no limits to what a man of ability can accomplish.”
The charismatic Macedonian King, Alexander lived only for 32 years and within that short span was able to capture parts of Europe, a majority of Central Asia and a chunk of northwest India.
Alexander’s success is mainly due to his riveting vision and his immense dedication to achieve it. He was very clear about what he aspired to accomplish and with that vision in mind, he was able to achieve whatever he desired and that too within such a short span.
#Lesson: Have a clear vision and be magnificently obsessed about your work. Success will eventually follow.
#2. Julius Caesar (BC 100 – BC 44)
“It is better to create than to learn.”
The political figure, who served as the dictator of Rome for very long time, is still considered as one of the greatest historical figures of all time. From Julius Caesar, we learn a major lesson of the ability and the courage to take risks. Taking risks often pays off.
In ancient Rome, crossing the Rubicon River that too with an army was a huge deal. It was tantamount to a declaration of war and could be punishable by death. Caesar took the risk of doing the same and needless to say he emerged victorious in the end.
#Lesson: Take risks in life and at the workplace. Leaders must be willing to take risks. The rewards can be fabulous.
#3. Cleopatra (BC 69 – BC 30)
“Let it be done.”
Queen of the Nile, Cleopatra was known for her seductive beauty and her smart diplomatic ways of tackling politics. Though she was often feted for her beauty, she was also a woman of high intelligence, evidenced by the way she managed her rivals.
From her, one can learn the fact that, one should never mix business with pleasure. Cleopatra fell in love with two Roman commanders – Julius Caesar and later Mark Antony. But was shrewd enough to save her empire. She was a determined and capable leader who adopted a “hands-on” approach to power, consolidating her position through a civil war with her siblings—brother and sister (Ptolemy XIII and Arsinoe IV).
Furthermore, she was a realist and was not afraid to gamble on bringing in a more powerful ally when that was what the situation called for; as shown by her personal and political alliance with Julius Caesar and Rome.
#Lesson: Leaders who back up their God-given attributes with intelligence and hard work can create a formidable business package.