Leadership: Lessons from the Ancient World by Ian Shaw, Arthur Cotterell, Roger Lowe

By Ian Shaw, Arthur Cotterell, Roger Lowe

Because the call for for comparative reviews of management rises, managers and running shoes are having a look tougher than ever for brand spanking new reports to which trainees won't carry preconceived suggestion. This designated publication supplies simply that. although the contexts have replaced, the exam of historical occasions from a enterprise point of view offers a wealth of beneficial insights on how the method of management works. From China’s first emperor Liu Bang on imaginative and prescient and Pericles on integrity to Alexander the nice on communique and Ramesses II on braveness, Leadership classes from the traditional World combines background with enterprise to teach that the common ideas utilized by nice leaders of the previous are nonetheless appropriate at the present time.

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Not even the succession problem caused by Hatshepsut seems to have weakened this new approach. In 1460 BC, therefore, Thutmose was not prepared to ignore the news of a large Canaanite army gathered at Megiddo, a fortified city occupying a commanding position midway between the Mediterranean and the Jordan valley. An Egyptian army of 20,000 men marched quickly to Gaza in nine days. From this forward base Thutmose pushed on to Aruna, a town on the southern slope of the Carmel mountain range. Megiddo was situated on its northern slopes, and could be approached by three routes: however, a direct, narrow pass, modern Wadi Ara, attracted the pharaoh’s attention in spite of grave warnings from his senior officers.

A social scientist, Abraham Maslow, developed an influential model of a ‘hierarchy of needs’, usually presented as a pyramid with basic issues such as safety, fair pay and reasonable working conditions at the lower levels, while social, interpersonal and self-expression needs were placed higher and seen as much more motivational in the true sense. Another influential thinker and researcher, Professor Fred Herzberg, who developed a ‘two-factor theory’, suggested a two-step approach to understanding employee motivation and satisfaction.

The military advantage of a surprise attack offered the Egyptian army great profit, and possibly at very little cost. Even now the loot his men carried away seems impressive: it comprised 340 living prisoners and 83 hands (cut from the slain); 2041 horses, 191 foals, 6 stallions; a golden chariot belonging to the enemy; a fine chariot worked in gold belonging to the ruler of Megiddo and 892 chariots of his wretched army; a fine bronze coat of mail belonging to the enemy; a fine bronze coat belonging to the ruler of Megiddo; 200 leather mail coats belonging to his wretched army; 502 bows; and 7 wooden tent poles, worked with silver, belonging to the enemy.

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