Leader’s Fool: Lessons from The Tudors (TV Series)

Even if you did not see The Tudors (a Showtime TV Series), I am sure you have heard of Henry VIII, the notorious ruler of 16th century England. I recently watched the show and was transfixed by its portrayal of Henry VIII and its stunning recreation of his court and its political maneuvering.

More to the point, his rule and his court have many lessons for us businesspeople. The TV show contains an insightful presentation of the roles of leaders, managers and teachers (also known as coaches or guides) and the dynamics of their relationships.

Henry had many managers, all of whom died during his reign. Two of them were executed by the King’s order. He also had many appointed counsels. But he did not listen to any of them. He did listen to one person though, the only one who told it to him “like it is” and lived on to tell the tale. Who was he and why did Henry put up with him?

Find out here: Leader vs Manager vs Leader (Lessons from the Tudors (TV Series) and King Henry VIII)


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