Leaders Performance: Alexander the Great
How did Alexander the Great set an example for Business Leaders?
Do you follow your dreams?
Are you making advancements to secure your success?
Leader, Alexander the Great (Alexander III of Macedon), lived from 356-323 BC) conquered and then ruled many great lands. Why did he conquer? He was a leader who had a goal: to get to what we now know is the Pacific Ocean by traveling east from Macedon (a Greek kingdom). During most of his reign he was battling new frontiers, conquering, and ruling lands of great distance. He was was an undefeated battling leader.He did have major setbacks on the battlefields at times – especially with the battling elephants. It’s a good day in the office when I don’t have to battle hundreds of elephants 🙂 Yet, his battle strategies are still utilized today by most of the military and enforcement leaders throughout the world.
Alexander’s Leadership is an example for Business Leaders
Recently my husband and I watched the movie, “Alexander” (2004). No different than Alexander’s life, it was an epic movie! Did you know Alexander was the pupil of Aristotle until he took reign upon his father’s death? When he became the ruler, he decided to create his own destiny. He wasn’t afraid to venture into new possibilities to achieve his dream! Afterall, doesn’t every great ruler utilize their resources to fulfill their vision?
Here are some great quotes from the movie “Alexander”
“None of us believed in his dream. They must die before they kill us with their blasted dreams! … Rubbish! [Alexander] found to free himself from fear. And by this, he was the freest man I know. His tragedy was one of increasing loneliness and impatience of those would could not understand. His failure towered over other man’s successes. The glory and memory of man will always belong to the ones who follow their great visions, and the greatest of these is the one we now call Magus Alexandrus, the greatest Alexander of them all.” ~ reflection of Ptolemy (traveled and served as a general for Alexander the Great)
Alexander was a great leader and a manager. He surrounded himself with great talent and considered their suggestions. He wanted only the best for them, even when it meant persevering through difficult conditions. Of course there was some dissension when it became truly difficult and Alexander wasn’t thinking appropriately near the end of his journey. But most men who traveled with him had great respect for him until his death. History reveals this loyalty didn’t stop even upon his death!
As a Business Leader: Do you surround yourself with the right resources, especially the right people?
Strong Leaders live into their dreams
It was through Alexander’s persistence that he and his army were able to move through enemy lands with such success. As great leaders do, he lead them as they planned, strategized, and executed their plan. They won. As a great leader, he showed mercy to their defeated opponents when appropriate.
As a Business Leader: Do you follow your dreams? Do you strategize and take action upon your dreams, goals, and/or objectives?
Great Leaders secure success
One of Alexander’s success strategies was that he didn’t always execute the leader of the land he conquered. Often he utilized their wisdom and resources. At times he married the king’s daughter, at other times his loyal leaders married and stayed at the post as the army moved on. Alexander understood the importance of building relationships.
As a Business Leader: Do you know which relationships can assist you in securing your success? If so, start building them now. If not, review which people, technology, supplies, etc. will help you secure your business’s success.
Maggie’s curious: What is your one thing which will improve your leadership performance? Please feel free to share in the comment section so we can learn from each other 🙂 Mine: staying focused on actualizing one dream at a time, even while working on others 🙂
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