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

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

by Alan Axelrod Ph.D.


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780735203570
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/30/2002
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 275,118
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.24(h) x 0.74(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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.

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 More than 1 year ago
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.
CJ_Doc More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.