Elizabeth I, CEO: Strategic Lessons from the Leader Who Built an Empire

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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 ...

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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.

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Alan Axelrod's portrait of multinational tycoon Queen Elizabeth I doesn't just transplant the Virgin Queen in to a leadership environment we can understand; it revitalizes her. Even Elizabethan enthusiasts will benefit from his delineation of the original Q.E. 1 as an sixteenth century master of the Information Age. And we suspect that many post-modern CEO's can learn something from Elizabeth's adroit handling of her Councilors.
...worth reading and provides some real insights.
Alan Caruba
You will find this a fascinating book for the ten leadership lessons the author conveys, based on her {Elizabeth's} life. —Bookviews
Elizabeth I was a most remarkable woman and a fitting leadership model even today, as Axelrod makes abundantly clear in this fresh and readable new appraisal of her life.
Hardware Merchandiser
If you are a history buff, you will be a little disappointed by this book's simplicity, but curiously satisfied by the unique way Axelrod offers up the character of arguably the most influential woman in the Western world.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Who could possibly offer better leadership lessons than one of the most powerful women in history? Axelrod (Patton on Leadership, etc.) details more than 100 leadership principles based on Queen Elizabeth's style of statesmanship. Having assumed the throne during a time of economic and religious turmoil, she helped rebuild England and strengthen its position in the world during her four decades as queen. Some of the lessons drawn from her reign are simplistic and obvious, such as "Knowledge Really Is Power," based on the queen's voracious appetite for reading and her study of Greek and Latin. "Keep a Clear Head and an Even Keel" derives from the monarch's ability to hold her temper; during difficult negotiations, she would occasionally leave the room to walk outside. Other lessons deserve more attention from today's executives, such as "Make a Spectacle of Yourself": Axelrod avers that a leader must motivate employees with more than the bottom line, and that theatrical gestures can be an effective source of inspiration. In a similar vein, Axelrod exhorts, "Be a Great Communicator": "An effective leader thinks about what he says, carefully crafting each utterance of any significance." While history fans will enjoy the brief portraits of Queen Elizabeth's governing style in various circumstances, those seeking penetrating management insights may be disappointed that not every lesson applies equally to today's corporate leaders. $200,000 ad/promo; 3-city tour; 20-city radio satellite tour. (Sept.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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When Elizabeth became Queen in 1558, England was an impoverished nation, plagued with political strife. By the time her reign ended in 1603, England had become the richest and most powerful nation in Europe. This book details the remarkable leadership skills which made that transition possible. While receiving a clear and concise refresher course about Elizabethan England, readers examine Elizabeth as supervisor, imagemaker, communicator, and woman of principle. Quoting Elizabeth's actual words in letters and speeches, Axelrod illustrates her genius and translates it into useful strategies for modern success. "Kill rumors, not people," "earn the trust of those you lead," and "avoid impulse" are only three of more than one hundred lessons drawn from Elizabeth's example. Although the target audience for this book is career executives, managers, and supervisors, high school students might also find considerable relevance. This book would be an outstanding vehicle for history teachers to illustrate useful ways in which historical applications are pertinent to present day success, while also introducing students to valuable lessons in leadership and life. Though beneficial to both genders, it should be especially inspirational to young women. 2000, Prentice Hall, Ages 14 up, $23.00. Reviewer: Betty Hicks
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735203570
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/30/2002
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 282,612
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.22 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Axelrod is a renowned historian and business writer. He was the co author of the New York Times bestseller What Every American Should Know About American History as well as the BusinessWeek bestsellers Patton on Leadership and Elizabeth I, CEO. He has written extensively on the Civil War.

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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
Recommended Reading: The Sources of Elizabeth I, CEO

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2014

    Interesting viewpoints

    A great look a real life applications from the leadership of Elizabeth 1. I was given this by my parents on my 13th Birthday. 14 years later I continue to return to this book every year.

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  • Posted June 25, 2010

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    Required Reading

    This is one of the options my graduate students have for a book review in management related courses. It is insightful, positive and tells a story about how a woman was able to lead with brilliance and win the admiration of those who followed her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2006

    Magnificent Book and Author

    Alan Axelrod's magnificent style of writing astounded me as soon as I picked up the book to start reading it. One could never be perplexed by his writing, as he gets to the point right from the start using a style of writing accessible and understandable to everyone who is capable of reading English. His perfectly clear sections and examples in which he talks about a certain aspect of Elizabeth's life in each are nothing short of fluid, as he has such a way with words that makes them find their way into your gray matter and stay there. I would truly not change a thing about his writing, as he kept me interested and motivated throughout, which is not such an easy thing to do when writing a history-based book, but then again it just goes to show how unique Alan Axelrod's style of writing is and how appeals to audiences of all ages and grade levels. Informing people about an important person in history without making their attention wane is definitely his most remarkable merit. Alan Axelrod is an accomplished writer who specializes in writing about military history, historical biography, among other things. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia and continues to write as a hobby. He has written several bestsellers, including, 3Elizabeth I, CEO: Strategic Lessons From The Leader Who Built An Empire. Alan Axelrod has most definitely opened new areas for thought in people who have read his books, as he writes to inform but adds his own personal touch to make the reading easy to understand and follow. Alan Axelrod continues on influencing people all over the world with his style of writing, and finds new ways to teach them what he knows through his written works of art: his books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2001

    This book has little to add

    With the string of follow-by-example management books emerging these days, Alan Axelrod's book simply seems like a tired rehash of the same maxims that we hear in so many other places. There are a few useful sections (like the ones that discuss controlling the message and restraining from impulsive action), but for the most part the book comes off as an extended version of a desk calendar. 'Don't take things at face value,' 'Timing is everything,' advice on setting goals, on organizational hierarchy-- these ideas and variations upon them just repeat the same old themes, with little that is fresh or informative. It seems that the author could have taken thousands of historical figures and said practically the same statements on the pages of the book. He uses an anecdote from Queen Elizabeth's period-in-training to emphasize the need to recognize 'core values' and 'what's really important'-- one can say this for practically any historical figure! And this serves to underscore the fact that the book seems forced, as if each section were straining to find some halfway-relevant anecdote to support the essays that appear. There were a lot of accomplishments during the Queen's reign (which Axelrod discusses) but it wasn't nearly the rosy picture that the author presents here. The war with Spain dragged on for 16 draining, unsuccessful years after the Spanish Armada, and spread to an awful guerrilla conflict in Ireland while sparking corruption at home to meet its spiraling costs. And, there was no empire to speak of by the end of the reign; England had no permanent settlements anywhere overseas until the next dynasty in power, and the country ultimately did not acquire predominance over her many rivals (especially France) and establish the empire until well into the 18th century after a series of wars. Had Axelrod discussed such subtleties of the reign, and written a management primer that carefully examined where the policies went right and where they manifestly went wrong, he would have provided a fascinating, eminently thorough and useful book. But as it stands, the book that he has written is basically fluff, with little in the way of informative discussion for the reader.

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