Alexander the Great Leadership
Alexander was one of history’s greatest conquerors. Born as an heir to the Macedonian King, his great ambition led him to destroy the greatest army in his time, the Persian Empire. At its height, Alexander’s empire stretched all the way from modern day Italy to the Himalaya.
A Quick History
Alexander was born in Pella into the Kingdom of Macedonia. He was the son of Philip II, the then King of Macedon.
Alexander was raised as a noble Macedonian youth, trained in the learning to read, play the lyre, ride, fight, and hunt.
As he got older, his father found the famous Aristotle to be the tutor for his son Alexander. Aristotle educated Alexander and his companions in various disciplines such as medicine, philosophy, morals, religion, logic, and art. Many of his study companions would later become his generals in his army.
At the age of 20, a successful assassination attempt was made on the life of King Philip, and Alexander was made king at that young age.After quelling small uprisings and rebellions with the death of the king, Alexander began his campaign against the Persian empire.
Crossing into Asia with over 100,000 men, he began his campaign against Persia which would last over 7 years.
Alexander would display tactical brilliance in the fighting of the Persia army, remaining undefeated despite having smaller numbers each time.
His successes would take him all to the very edge of India, at the edge of the Ganges River. Because his armies feared the might of the Indian empires, they mutinied and this marked the end of his campaign to the East.
He had intended to march further into India with the rest of the Macedonians, but he was persuaded out of it because it was said to him that his soldiers would like to return to their families.
Alexander would die shortly after his return to Babylon. Because he did not name a successor to this throne and his death was all too sudden, his empire fell into chaos as generals fought to take control of his empire.
Alexander the Great Leadership Lessons
1. Immense Self Belief
Although, such egoism will do a leader no good, but what I want to focus here is on self-belief. As a leader, you need to have a considerable amount of self-belief to inspire the same level of faith in your followers. It doesn’t matter you may not be right all the time, but you need to express that belief in yourself and your abilities.
That way, your followers will trust you deeper because they believe that you know what you are doing.
2. Cunning use of resources
A good leader understands the strengths and weaknesses of his followers and he puts them in positions where they are more likely to succeed. As a leader, you should always be clear about how to best use your team. Use personality tests to find out the strengths and weaknesses of each of your team members, and use them well accordingly.
3. Succession Planning
As a leader, always seek to make yourself dispensable. Find a way to position your team such that you become unnecessary yourself to be part of that team. That is the mark of true success that every leader should strive to achieve.
A tomb now suffices him for whom the whole world was not sufficient.
I had rather excel others in the knowledge of what is excellent, than in the extent of my power and dominion.
Remember upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all.
I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well.
There is nothing impossible to him who will try.
Heaven cannot brook two suns, nor earth two masters.
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.
How great are the dangers I face to win a good name in Athens.
I am dying with the help of too many physicians.
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