Elizabeth I, CEO

Elizabeth I, CEO

Strategic Lessons from the Leader Who Built an Empire

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  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780735203570
  • 288 Pages
  • Prentice Hall Press
  • Adult


Few leadership titles have been written on the lives of women. Alan Axelrod, noted historian and business management expert, reveals how Elizabeth I overcame daunting obstacles to win intense loyalty and lead England to greatness.

The queen’s long reign offers lessons on: developing a leadership attitude and image enhanced by personal dynamism; becoming an effective coach and mentor skilled at nurturing creativity; manipulating others–subtly and ethically–and knowing and anticipating the “enemy.”

How did Elizabeth meet the challenges that faced her, managing not only to stay alive and keep her imperiled nation afloat, but also to win the intense loyalty of her people and lead England to greatness? Historians and biographers have offered many explanations. Elizabeth I, CEO takes a fresh view, exploring issues that are relevant to leaders–especially business leaders–of today.

Table of Contents

An Elizabethan Prologue
One: “My Little Power”: A Leader’s First Lesson: Survival
Two: From Bastard Child to Virgin Queen: Creating a Leadership Image
Three: “Unto Her People”: Combining the Common Touch with the Air of Leadership
Four: Keeping the Faith: Creating Common Cause without Tyranny
Five: Good Counsel: Building a Loyal Staff – and a Loyal Opposition
Six: New Worlds, New Markets: Growing the Enterprise and Crushing the Competition
Seven: “The Heart and Stomach of a King”: Turning Crisis into Triumph
Eight: Rebellion: Holding onto the Power
Nine: Queen of the Bottom Line: Doing Business without Excuses
Ten: Winning: A Great Leader Assesses Herself
Appendix: An Elizabethan Chronicle: A Timeline Study of the Age of Elizabeth
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