Machiavelli on Power Politics

What Machiavelli actually said on Leadership and Office Politics. 107 pages of text condensed into less than one hour.
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  • Lectures 15
  • Length 1 hour
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  • Languages English
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Published 5/2014 English

Course Description

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.

What are the requirements?

  • 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.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

Who is the target audience?

  • Corporate Executives, Business Owners, People new to leadership roles
  • Students of Leadership and Politics
  • Those wishing to avoid being needlessly embroiled in office politics.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction

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.

Section 2: Comparison between Warring States and Corporate Life

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.

Section 3: The Heart of the Matter

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


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

Section 4: Consensus

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 2

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

Section 5: Establishing Control

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 2 - Staying in Control
Section 6: Character Traits of an Effective Leader

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

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.


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


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

Section 7: Summary
12 pages

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

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