Machiavelli on Power Politics
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Machiavelli on Power Politics

What Machiavelli actually said on Leadership and Office Politics. 107 pages of text condensed into less than one hour.
3.9 (44 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
509 students enrolled
Created by Peter Urey
Last updated 8/2015
English [Auto]
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This course includes
  • 38 mins on-demand video
  • 1 downloadable resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • This course teaches the central observations in The Prince on strong leadership and politics
  • We invite you to draw parallels with modern corporate life and apply the lessons to your role as a leader in business
  • Learn how to build consensus
  • Deal with challenges to your authority
  • Identify wise counsellors and build a great team
  • Win your workforce to your cause
  • Know when to be forceful and when to be lenient
  • Model the most positive character traits as Machiavelli sees them
  • Deal with negative attributes
  • Stop your team from engaging in harmful office politics
  • No specific requirements other than an open mind and willingness to experiment with the ideas back in the workplace
  • Acquire a copy of Machiavelli's "The Prince" for follow up work.
  • Knowledge of classical history an advantage when considering examples from The Prince.
  • An honest desire to establish a firm, fair and effective office culture.

Quickly discover Machiavelli's "The Prince."

"The Prince" is a classic text on Leadership - a must read for aspiring CEOs.

107 pages condensed into about an hour of short video lectures.

This is a great use of valuable time for busy people.

We correct the old misconceptions about Machiavelli as a voice of evil and focus on his pre-occupation with stability and good order.

We provide a full transcription of the course as a pdf file which you can read alongside the video lectures.

Discover how to build consensus after mergers, takeovers or acquisitions.

Eliminate office politics by identifying and avoiding office politicians who might challenge your authority.

Select team members who share your vision and values.

Accentuate the qualities that people expect in strong leaders and remove any obvious weaknesses.

Learn when and how to exert your authority without harming your reputation.

Who this course is for:
  • Corporate Executives, Business Owners, People new to leadership roles
  • Students of Leadership and Politics
  • Those wishing to avoid being needlessly embroiled in office politics.
Course content
Expand all 15 lectures 49:34
+ Introduction
1 lecture 02:28

Background to the writing of Machiavelli's The Prince. An outline of what he wrote, why he wrote it and the reasons for using it in your business life for the greater good rather than for selfish ends.

Preview 02:28
+ Comparison between Warring States and Corporate Life
1 lecture 02:48

Making the link between Renaissance Italy and Corporate Culture. There are parallels which is why the book is still sought out by CEOs. Obviously the brutality is not a part of the modern story but the principles are unchanged.

Preview 02:48
+ The Heart of the Matter
2 lectures 05:51

The core of Machiavelli's message and why some consider it to be controversial

Preview 03:53

Deviation from the spiritual directives of Church leaders are justified in the name of pragmatism and good order.

Preview 01:58
+ Consensus
3 lectures 08:26

The importance of basing power on the consensus of the people. This principle underpins the balance of power in a system where the forces at play had differing needs.

The Art of Building Consensus Part 1
The Art of Building Consensus Part 2

Building consensus when conditions may be hostile.Knowing when to give and take and understanding what drives behaviour.

Consensus after Mergers, Acquisitions and Takeovers
+ Establishing Control
2 lectures 06:06

Working out who is for you and who is against you. Move fast to secure your position.

The Art of Building a Power Base Part 1
The Art of Building a Power Base Part 2 - Staying in Control
+ Character Traits of an Effective Leader
5 lectures 11:55

A re-appraisal of virtues from the perspective of Realpolitik. It all depends on the context.

When Virtues become Vices Part 1
When Virtues become Vices Part 2

Machiavelli's insights into the qualities which make for a strong leader capable of delivering peace and stability or at the very least the absence of strife.

Princely Qualities

An aide memoire to help apply the lessons from the book in the office

The key learnings from The Prince as they apply to Business Life

Infallible rules for selecting a loyal team who will advise you well

Dealing with your staff - including how to handle flatterers
+ Summary
1 lecture 00:00

A version of the course text. Contains all the most significant quotations.

The text of the lectures - a 30 minute read
12 pages