Influential Leadership

Leadership lessons from ‘Julius Caesar’

Programme overview

Shakespeare’s great story of politics, intrigue and honour serves as a compelling invitation to participants to step up their ability to influence. Using influence effectively is a key attribute of the wise leader and this programme focuses on its practical application within the increasing complexity of organisational life. It seeks to answer the question: “How can I influence others to do what I believe is right – and should be done?” Drawing lessons from the characters of Julius Caesar, Brutus, Cassius and Mark Antony, we explore the nature of politics and help participants to operate effectively within both organisational power structures and external political contexts. We engage participants with the story of the play before exploring the leadership challenges most relevant to them.

The theme of this programme is influence: how to cultivate it and how to use it wisely. Julius Caesar may have been written over four hundred years ago, but its themes and insights remain astonishingly relevant. The handling of politics, both internal and external, is a crucial aspect of leadership. This programme helps you identify the key sources of power working both for and against you while providing you with opportunities to practice new skills to enhance your abilities to exert influence. It also stresses the importance of forging successful coalitions and the shrewd timing of interventions.

Who is it for

  • Leaders wanting to enhance their abilities to influence others positively
  • Those wishing to understand the subtleties of effective political manoeuvring

  • Anyone seeking to lead in a hierarchical organisation
  • Those needing the ability to read and navigate politics operating in the workplace

  • Those wanting to manage specific organisation political dilemmas

The impact of this programme

  • Skills and techniques to increase your influential power
  • Improved abilities to read and navigate organisational politics
  • The ability to create rapport through your higher emotional intelligence

Archetypes at play

Leading – Storyteller / Strategist / Sovereign
Supporting – Nurturer / Lover

Archetypes - Inspirational Leadership
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