Exceptional leaders are the ones who are able to analyze problems, optimize resources, inspire loyalty, and execute strategy. There is no more stunning example in history than Alexander the Great, whose leadership skills were so immense that they still resonate some 2,000 years later. The Wisdom of Alexander the Great reveals four leadership processes distilled from the life and extraordinary accomplishments of Alexander, King of Macedonia.
The Wisdom of Alexander the Great relates 34 riveting episodes from Alexander's expansion through India and the Persian Empire, including Asia Minor, Egypt, Mesopotamia, the Middle East, and more. Each example, tied to a modern-day counterpart, imparts valuable lessons from the timeless legend of one of the greatest leaders in history.
This book has such a great message. There are several powerful messages throughout the book. The narration of book is terrible. I mean it is really hard to listen to the narrator Red Carroll. If the content was not so good I would have not listened. I had to ding my overall rating because of the narration not because of the book. I would recommend this book to any leader. After managing people for 10 years, starting and building a company for 15 years and now coaching CEO's on leadership for the last 4 years this books taught me some valuable lessons.
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What made the experience of listening to The Wisdom of Alexander the Great the most enjoyable?
Relating the techniques he utilized in each situation. Knowing what others had done and were most likely to do - and then to do something completely unexpected which would guarantee his victory. He also studied animals and knew how they performed in battle and used that to defeat his enemy. He also knew when to tear down and destroy a enemy leader and when to reinstall and make those that he conquered even more powerful.
He wore a plume in his helmet not only to let his men know that he was in front of them fighting, it also drew his men toward him, making where he was fighting the focal point of the battle. They had to protect him because he protected them. It also showed the enemy that where Alexander was, was not the place to be.
He also was smart enough to give the enemy openings to escape. He knew that a cornered rat will fight to the death whereas one with an escape route will utilize that escape route when the time is right.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wisdom of Alexander the Great?
When he recognized that his (then to be horse) was spooked by his own shadow and then turned the horse toward the sun and took control.
Which scene was your favorite?
When the war chariots came at his men. He knew that a horse would not run directly AT a man but rather BESIDE a man or group of men. That allowed Alexanders men to trap the horses between two quickly formed ranks of Hoplites and THEN when the team of horses were fully committed the Hoplites filled in the back of the formation and the team was killed with the sarassa pikes, followed by the driver and bowman being killed once the horses were stopped in the middle of their trap formation.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
When he realized he could no longer go further and returned to go home.
Any additional comments?
He was GREAT. He was also CRAZY. He was also a Blithering DRUNK, but all of that is what scared the hell out of the enemy.
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