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Leadership Lessons from Shakespeare: From the Battlefield to the Boardroom

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Leadership Lessons from Shakespeare: From the Battlefield to the Boardroom

Evening Lecture/Seminar

Tuesday, November 14, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET
Code: 1M2290
This online program is presented on Zoom.
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King Henry V, by unknown artist, late 16th or early 17th century (National Portrait Gallery/London)

An author whose plays have been in production for 400 years, William Shakespeare knew a thing or two about leadership. Writing in a time of civil unrest, religious chaos, and threat of foreign invasion, he lived in the heart of England’s power center and saw the best and worst of leaders and leadership—and he captured it all in some of the most famous stories in history.

Shakespeare created unforgettable characters and situations that filled the theatre in his time and still resonate today. From the dangers of out-of-control ambition in Macbeth to the power of an inspirational speech in Henry V, and from the pitfalls of procrastination in Hamlet to the value of building consensus in Julius Caesar, Shakespeare’s characters demonstrate strategies that work as well today as they did 400 years ago.

Shakespeare and Tudor scholar Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger explores the lasting lessons that can be found in Shakespeare’s plays by comparing effective actions of Antony and Henry V to the mistakes of Macbeth, Hamlet, and King Lear. She analyzes how Shakespeare considered some of the greatest challenges leaders faced and what contributed to their success or failure. She also links the characters and stories of 16th-century England to the 21st century through Shakespeare’s timeless understanding of human behavior and interaction.

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