Shakespeare of Management

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Yes- I can learn from sources such as Shakespeare on how to work with other people and become a successful manager. Shakespeare was not only the master of literary, but also had a deep knowledge of humanity, authority and the conflict ,struggle and fight occurred when people desire to get power and right. In his literary works, he explained more on the human conflict in detail. Take ‘Henry V’ for example, Shakespeare taught us how to encourage your tired and dispirited soldiers to beat off all the enemy attacks. This is also useful for a management leader. Only using the power of authority to order people is not a good way for leadership. To be a good leader, you have to build a good relationship with your subordinates, for example, to listen to their opinions, then those subordinates realize that their opinions are respected , therefore, they trust you and support you, and become loyal to you. However, how to create a reliance between a leader and subordinates? Shakespeare told us that leader must have all the basic characters: competence, commitment and communication. Competence

Competence is the most important factor to build a reliance between leaders and subordinates. As a leader, you must be able to manage your subordinates and deal with a wide array of issue. On the other hands, as a subordinate, you have to have enough competence to finish the task which your leader gives you. If a subordinated is a helpless person who cannot do the task perfectly, the leader would not empower he/her. In the same way, if a leader is a helpless person, his subordinates would express doubt about whether the leader has ability to lead or not, and it is difficult for the subordinates to follow their leader. In 'Henry V', Shakespeare gave a good example about how to build a good relationship between leader and subordinate’. Henry V was a great example for a great leader since he had the ability to lead his soldiers. In 1415, Henry V leaded his team which had only 6000 people to regain the land which he lost hundreds years ago. However, their enemy, the French, had more than 60000 people to go to the war. This war seemed hopeless because the enemy was too strong and Henry V’s team was extremely tried. But surprisingly, because of Henry V, the England achieved the final victory. Henry V was brave and smart, and he also had a good strategy for this war. For example, Henry V realized the superiority of low bow, so he decided to forgo the cross bow and used long bow instead. He also changed the structure and used more archers instead of infantry. Besides that, he took the advantage of the geography and lurkered in the forest to force the French to move slowly. Furthermore, he made full use of the weather. The battlefield became muddy because of the rain, and it was a disaster for the French, everyone wore a suit of armour which was 60 pounds, they could not stand up when they slipped backward, and they would drown in the swamp when they slipped forward. During this campaign, Henry V showed his superior leadership. Moreover, the soldiers were important too. First of all, they believed in Henry V. They thought that Henry V was able to lead and win the campaign. In fact, he was. So they followed the steps which Henry V gave to them without any doubt. But of course, if you dig deeper, you would find another important factor, which was the competence of the soldiers: they had to be able to fight. They were only 6000 people and without any strong weapons, but they were brave and strong. The fight continued for several hours, the French lost 6000 people but Herry only lost about 450 people, from this it can be seen that the great competence of England soldiers. Commitment & Communication

Why does Henry V’ s soldiers believed in Henry V? The most important reason was the speech which Herry V gave to them before they started. Henry V went among his soldiers, and listened to their experience and discussion. After that, he stood on...
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