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Inspirational Leadership: Timeless Lessons for Leaders from Shakespeare’s Henry V

Book Description

Henry V is Shakespeare’s greatest leader - inspired and inspiring, visionary yet pragmatic, powerful yet responsible. Of all Shakespeare’s stories, it offers us the deepest insights into the nature of inspiration. A new king unites a group of disparate and warring people around a common goal, overcoming all obstacles in his path on the way to achieving a near miraculous victory against all odds. It’s an allegory for the trials and tribulations that beset the modern business leader.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Dedication
  5. Foreword
  6. Contents
  7. Introduction
  8. Part 1 Henry V and leadership
    1. The new leader
    2. The arts, Shakespeare and Henry V in business
    3. The story behind the book
    4. Mythodrama
    5. Text and interpretation
  9. Part 2 The story of Henry’s past – Prince Hal
    1. Henry IV Part 1
    2. Henry IV Part 2
  10. Part 3 The story of Henry V (and important leadership themes)
    1. Act 1 – from vision to commitment
    2. Act 2 – traitors and other bad habits
    3. Act 3 – into battle; first footholds, first setbacks
    4. Act 4 – the “dark night of the soul”
    5. Act 5 – turning the battlefield into a garden
  11. Prologue A call to the imagination
    1. The story
    2. Comment
  12. Act 1 From vision to commitment
    1. Act 1 – Scene 1 Assessing the past
      1. The story
      2. Telling the organization’s story
      3. Honouring past achievements
      4. The beginnings of leadership
      5. “Leaving the tavern”
      6. The angel of consideration
      7. The sense of destiny
      8. The line of service
      9. Vision
      10. Mission
      11. Henry’s line of service
    2. Act 1 – Scene 2 Vision, mission and commitment
      1. The story
      2. Why do we need a vision?
      3. Vision makes a difference
      4. Be aware – be open
      5. Head in the clouds, feet on the ground
      6. Accessing discretionary effort
      7. Qualitative not quantitative
      8. Don’t confuse the vision with the target
      9. Finding a vision
      10. Outer and inner alignment – picking the right fight
      11. Inner alignment – do we have agreement “within”?
      12. What is your “France”?
      13. A personal line of service
      14. Preparing the ground for the mission
      15. Seeking out support
      16. Inheriting a mission
      17. Building consent
      18. Visible commitment
      19. Are we “in line”?
      20. “Reasonable swiftness”
      21. Sharing the vision
  13. Act 2 Traitors and other bad habits
    1. Act 2 – Chorus Inner resources, inner traitors
      1. Forces for and against
      2. A new model of leadership potentials
      3. Introducing the characters
      4. “Typecasting”
      5. “Inner resources”
      6. “Inner traitors” – underplaying characters
      7. “Inner traitors” – overplaying characters
      8. Identifying the “inner traitors”
      9. Different “inner traitors” at different levels
      10. Keeping watch
    2. Act 2 – Scene 1 Old friends
      1. The story
      2. The spin of honour
      3. Inclusivity
      4. The four elements
      5. Necessary sacrifice
      6. Old habits
    3. Act 2 – Scene 2 Managing the “disagreers” (and dealing with the traitors)
      1. The story
      2. The king’s gifts
      3. Political intelligence
      4. The three types of “disagreers”
      5. Distinguishing naysayers and critics
      6. Distinguishing critics and traitors
      7. Jealousy or envy?
      8. Tricking the tricksters
      9. Identifying the traitors
      10. Managing the naysayers
      11. Silencing the critics
      12. Dealing with traitors
      13. Happy endings
    4. Act 2 – Scene 3 An old friend dies
      1. The story
      2. The king’s responsibility
    5. Act 2 – Scene 4 The rival prince
      1. The story
      2. Comment
  14. Act 3 Into battle; first footholds, first setbacks
    1. Act 3 – Chorus First steps
      1. The story
      2. The storyteller’s licence
      3. First steps – outer
      4. First steps – inner
    2. Act 3 – Scene 1 Motivating the troops
      1. The story
      2. First steps – first blocks
      3. Common mistakes
      4. The right image changes the energy
      5. Finding the right image
      6. Back up – what stands behind us?
    3. Act 3 – Scene 2 Motivating the cowards
      1. The story
      2. You can’t change everyone…
      3. Motivate smarter – not harder
    4. Act 3 – Scene 3 The four captains
      1. The story
      2. Conflicts of character
      3. Delegation as protection
      4. Seeing beneath the surface
    5. Act 3 – Scene 4 Changing tactics, changing strategy
      1. The story
      2. Changing tactics – painting negative pictures
      3. Understanding the dark side of human nature
      4. Changing character, changing strategy
    6. Act 3 – Scene 5 Meeting the princess
      1. The story
      2. Comment
    7. Act 3 – Scene 6 The French response
      1. The story
      2. Comment
    8. Act 3 – Scene 7 Facing the challenge
      1. The story
      2. The challenge within
      3. Managers solve problems – leaders manage dilemmas
      4. Learning to make the hard decisions
      5. The challenge from without
    9. Act 3 – Scene 8 The enemy awaits
      1. The story
      2. Comment
  15. Act 4 The “dark night of the soul”
    1. Act 4 – Chorus Visible leadership
      1. The story
      2. The “royal face”
      3. The good leader as good actor
      4. Playing it right
      5. The inner voices of doubt
    2. Act 4 – Scene 1 The dark night of the soul
      1. The story
      2. The inner battle
      3. Private truth
      4. The value of a mentor
      5. Appropriate selfishness
      6. Inappropriate unselfishness
      7. Time out
      8. Listen first
      9. Old acquaintances
      10. New acquaintances
      11. Distinguishing between duty and soul
      12. Future challenge
      13. Unloading the burden
      14. The natural flow of emotion
      15. Facing the shadow
      16. Core values
    3. Act 4 – Scene 2 Hot air
      1. The story
      2. Comment
    4. Act 4 – Scene 3 Inspiring the troops
      1. The story
      2. What’s in it for me?
      3. Less is more
      4. The gift of a future
      5. “The few”
      6. Hardening the resolve
      7. A sting in the tail
    5. Act 4 – Scene 4 A hostage for fortune
      1. The story
      2. Comment
    6. Act 4 – Scene 5 Confounding the French
      1. The story
      2. From order to chaos – Henry’s battle plan
    7. Act 4 – Scene 6 Killing the prisoners
      1. The story
      2. The hardest choice
      3. Leading may not be good for you…
    8. Act 4 – Scene 7 The price of victory
      1. The story
      2. The death of innocence
      3. Henry the trickster-teacher
      4. Building a positive cycle of trust
      5. Seeing the individual
      6. Modesty in victory
  16. Act 5 Turning the battlefield into a garden
    1. Act 5 – Chorus Towards peace
      1. The story
      2. Comment
    2. Act 5 – Scene 1 Digesting symbols
      1. The story
      2. Comment
    3. Act 5 – Scene 2 Turning the battlefield into a garden
      1. The story
      2. From battlefield to garden
      3. From siege to peace
      4. Into the garden – changing the metaphor
      5. Taking off the armour
      6. The union of opposites
      7. Conjuring a circle
      8. Courting the inner marriage
  17. Epilogue Looking back, looking forward
    1. Closing chorus
    2. “This star” shines brighter still
    3. Consciously evolving leadership
    4. Awareness of self and impact on others
    5. Learning from others
    6. Finding the gold in the mud
    7. The quest for soul development
    8. From achievement to legacy
  18. Bibliography
  19. Permissions