"The triumphs and foibles of Alexander the Great"
Visionary, team builder, mentor, Alexander the Great shows us some timeless leadership lessons but also some glaring failures. Although the ‘Great Man’ theory of leadership belongs to the scrapheap of history, its allure continues to mystify. Underlying this theory is the assumption that if the right man (yes, it is often assumed to be a man) for the job emerges, he will almost magically take control of a situation and lead a group of people into safety or success. While such leaders are rare, there are times when a singular individual steps out from the crowd and serves as a paragon of leadership. This blog entry explores the triumphs and foibles of one such individual.
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