This book is an easy-to-read overview of all the key events and people in one of history's leadership giants: Alexander the Great. Taking a clinical approach, authors Manfred Kets de Vries and Elisabet Engellau put all their professional weight into an incisive view of Alexander's psyche. They take readers on a psychologically guided tour of the short but very eventful three decades of Alexander's amazing life, examining the forces that shaped and motivated him.
This book provides lessons in effective leadership as well as areas for introspection and question when things did not seem to go his way. Although this is a 2,400 year-old study area, the very force of Alexander's leadership makes him a timeless subject of interest, as Hollywood will certainly attest. The application of clinical concepts such as psychotherapy and dynamic psychiatry allow the reader to appreciate, in a more coherent and scientifically informed way, what made Alexander who he was, and therefore what makes great leaders in general.
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