Elizabeth CEO: Book Discussion
Published: April 7, 2018
Elizabeth CEO is book for the masses. To read this book you don’t have to be the CEO of a multi-billion-dollar corporation or the President of the United States. Alan Axelrod takes the reader through 139 points that outline Elizabeth’s leadership throughout her reign as she takes a struggling poor English economy and unites a country into a global powerhouse. The last of the Tudor dynasty, Elizabeth was declared a bastard child from the age of two years old when her mother was be-headed by the decision of her father and was almost killed herself when her sister ascended to the throne. Becoming Queen at a young age, Elizabeth had to learn quickly how to turn around the dying economy while France discussed its own plan for an invasion on the island. Elizabeth CEO will not only teach you valuable leadership and entrepreneurial lessons that will improve your daily life, but will also take you back in time to the 16th century when kings and queens ruled the land.
Alan Axelrod is an author of history, business and management books. Born and raised in New York City, Alan transferred to the University of Iowa and received his doctorate in English in 1979. After a short teaching career, Alan went on to be a consultant to historical museums and other insinuations. Elizabeth CEO was written in 2000 and since then Alex has written 3 other CEO books about Napoleon, Gandhi and Winston Churchill. Alex has also written 25 other publications about leadership, management and historical events.
Survival is Never About Panic - keep your head (Point #2)
Many times, especially when building a business or organization, we find ourselves under tremendous pressure to succeed. Elizabeth teaches us that by not allowing ourselves to panic when times get tough, we show our true strength in character and show others that great leaders cannot be intimidated.
A Leader is Never Crushed Under the Weight of a Grudge – Bygones (Point #23)
When Elizabeth ascended to the throne in September of 1553, Elizabeth had plenty to be outraged about. Her father Henry VIII has executed her mother, her sister had attempted to have her executed and her mother was referred to as the “whore of Babylon.” Elizabeth in her own right could have chosen to punish those who had supported these acts, and also could have resurfaced her mother’s death in an attempt to revive her image. Elizabeth did none of these things. Elizabeth understood that as a leader you must we willing to relinquish the past to achieve a brighter future. In business, we must be able to do the same.
Show Your Concern – Care (Point #42)
In 1572, Queen Elizabeth during her yearly “progress” (a trip she took around the country to many small towns to establish trust amongst her people), Elizabeth was greeted to a firework display and mock battle. During this display the embers set fire to a few houses in a nearby town and completely destroyed the house of an elderly couple. Being Queen, Elizabeth was not obliged to pay the elderly couple any compensation for the damages. In a unique display of monarchial leadership, Elizabeth did what very few would have done before her. Elizabeth not only paid the elderly couple enough to rebuild their house, but paid them enough to live on for quit some time. Through this act of leadership, Elizabeth teaches us that we must display our belief, and our vision in every act and circumstance that approaches us.
You Can’t Please Everybody – “The Insatiable Cupidity of Men” (Point #72)
During Elizabeth’s reign, she was given many rewards or “goodies” she was allowed to give to ranking members in her court. Elizabeth understood that giving out “goodies” to too many would cause displeasure amongst her people, giving out too much to too little would also cause displeasure. So, Elizabeth was very cautious about what “goodies” she gave out to members of her court and how much she gave out to those who did receive rewards. Although some were discouraged that that did not receive anything from the Queen, Elizabeth understood that pleasing everybody is an impossible task. Great leaders must learn this as well. There is only a finite amount of “goodies” that can be dispersed amongst a team, and it is role of the leader to determine how to those “goodies” can best serve the team as a whole.
Action Speaks Louder… – Attraction to Action (Point #91)
Elizabeth was keenly drawn to those who cut through the political red tape to get great things accomplished. Although Elizabeth understood that a leader must possess qualities such as judgement, restraint and selflessness, Elizabeth was greatly attracted to the boldness of action. In a leadership role, as a CEO of a business or even a manager of a small team, both leaders have to know when to take action beyond words and when to practice those of judgement and restraint.
Challenge yourself this month to implement one of our 5 takeaways into your daily life. Then go out and buy Elizabeth CEO by Alan Axelrod and enjoy reading the other 131 points that made Elizabeth 1 an incredible leader.