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Doing an Alexander: Lessons on Leadership by a Master Conqueror (2003)

Manfred Kets de Vries

"Leadership lessons from Alexander the Great"

This article explores what makes for effective leadership and what contributes to leadership derailment. For the purpose of elucidation, one of the most famous leaders of all times is profiled and analysed: Alexander the Great of Macedonia, who changed the history of Western civilization more than any other person. His life-story illustrates the psychological forces that generally come into play in the making of a leader and reveals leadership lessons that can be learned from his actions. Alexander's qualities are a compelling vision, strategic innovation, creation of an executive role constellation, management of meaning, praise-singing, training and development, succession planning, and the importance of a well-structured system of organisational governance.

European Management Journal, 2003

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