Business Lessons from the Renaissance Master of Gaining and Maintaining Power
Generally considered the father of modern political scienceand political ethics in particularNiccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli was a Renaissance Italian writer, philosopher, humanist, historian, politician, and diplomat. After his career in politics had ended, Machiavelli wrote a short treatise that is often considered his masterpiece but was not published until five years after his death. The Prince contains adages regarding politics, in particular, providing advice for gaining and maintaining power. While Machiavelli was writing primarily about political power, his philosophies have been adopted by business leaders and titans of industrypresidents, CEOs, entrepreneurs, and innovatorsever since. Also including excerpts from The Art of War, Discourses on Livy, and Machiavelli’s other works, Machiavelli on Business explores such ideas as: Whether it’s better for a leader to be feared or loved How to best keep subordinates content The necessity of breaking promises at times Projecting the right qualities and fostering appearances Turning obstacles into opportunities Taking advantage of crises And much more!
Stephen Brennan is the author of The Adventurous Boy’s Handbook and The Adventurous Girl’s Handbook. He has also edited and arranged An Autobiography of Theodore Roosevelt and An Autobiography of General Custer, among others. He has worked as a circus clown, book editor, teacher, cabaret artist, actor, director, shepherd, and playwright. He resides in New York City and West Cornwall, Connecticut.