Steve Forbes and John Prevas demonstrate that the fundamental challenges of moral leadership have not changed over the centuries. The complexity of leadership and ethical problems in the current epoch result from more complex technology and relationships. Nevertheless, humankind's pursuit of power, possessions, charisma (fame) are still the culprits of failure. In addition to leadership failures, Forbes and Prevas balance the stories with examples of strong moral leadership. It is a what not to do book, as well as a what to do, with relevant examples. "Power Ambition Glory" was used as a text in my graduate studies course. Students gave strong approval of this book for useful lessons and the current and ancient historical perspectives. "Power Ambition Glory" is a must read for followers and leaders.
Thomas E. Creely, Ph.D. Associate Director The Center for Ethics and Corporate Responsibility J. Mack Robinson College of Business Georgia State University
Power Ambition Glory draws great similarities from ancient history to modern corporations. Famous leaders such as Cyrus of the Persian Empire, Alexander the Great, Hannibal, and Julius Caesar make their appearances. The book connects the ancient past to contemporary time by using the leaders of old as a standard of comparison for both their strengths, weaknesses and the end result of their role as head of the organization.
Steve Forbes and John Prevasi have teamed up to write an uncanny testimony to the adage "The more things change the more they remain the same", illustrating the corruption and temptations of power and the loss of vision for reason, sound and balanced economy and governing. This might prove depressing; however they give hope in ways to change this tragic direction and bring about a strong and vibrant way of life.
I thought the book to be quite informative. It kept things at a level in which it was easy to see the parallels between the ancient and the new leaders when it comes to leadership. My favorite parts were actually the write ups about the ancient leaders more than the current. Half of the current leaders mentioned I have never heard of, but i did recognize the old. All in all I wasnt dissapointed.
I really enjoyed the perspective of a Steve Forbes when reviewing the accomplishments of classical leaders from early history. The comparison to modern CEO's was interesting but it was Forbes' modern business perspective that made this more interesting than just another history book.