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What is Good Leadership?

Nye says one of the problems when discussing good leadership is the confusion of ethical with effective leadership (2008: 111). Further complications arise with the elusive notion of charisma (Nye 2008: chapter 3). 3,156 more words

Discourses on Livy: I.51-53


In a section that should be no surprise to the those familiar with The Prince, Machiavelli argues that political leadership should give the appearance of being in control at all times—even when its course of action is set by external circumstances (“necessity”): 1,403 more words

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Discourses on Livy: I.47-50


According to Machiavelli, the common people cannot be easily led astray in the details and minutia of life—only in their broad, sweeping ideological conclusions can they be deceived. 833 more words

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Machiavelli – A Portrait

Machiavelli – A Portrait
By Christopher S. Celenza
Harvard University Press – £18.95

”Is it better to be loved or feared?”

Brimming with assorted one liners that in themselves, are capable of triggering much socio-politico food for thought, this book, while at times a majestically unyielding read, is nevertheless compelling for a number of reasons. 407 more words


Discourses on Livy: I.42-46


Rounding out his discussion of the decemvirate, Machiavelli argues that from this event in Roman history we need to learn “how easily men are corrupted and make themselves assume a contrary nature, however good and well brought up” (I.42.1). 1,756 more words

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Leadership and the Responsible Use of Power

The most effective leaders appear to exhibit a degree of versatility and flexibility that enables them to adapt their behavior to the changing and contradictory demands made on them. 917 more words

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Discourses on Livy: I.40-41


Returning to his discussion of the decemvirate, Machiavelli gives us an extended reflection on how that institution managed to destroy both the laws it was created to preserve and its own tyrannical rule. 1,128 more words

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