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How to Be a Leader: An Ancient Guide to Wise Leadership (Ancient Wisdom for Modern Readers) Hardcover – November 5, 2019

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"It is refreshing to see such public-facing editions undertaken by noted scholars."---Kristine M. Trego, Classical Review

"[How to Be a Leader is] one of the best leadership books I've read in a very long time―and not surprisingly, it was written a very long time ago. There's a reason Plutarch has been a favorite of thinkers and doers since the days of Ancient Rome. He's insightful. He's funny. He's a great story teller. He wasn't just a writer either, but like the best historians and philosophers, a practitioner of what he talked about. Highly recommend."---Ryan Holiday, Ryan Holiday Reading List Newsletter

"Jeffrey Beneker's is a fresh, clear and accurate translation. . . . we cannot help but saying that the excellent material and graphical conditions of its printing make this book a definite “keeper” in any bibliophile's library."---Stefan Teodor, Classica et Christiana

"In How to Be a Leader, Beneker provides fresh translations of Plutarch’s three most important political essays . . . Beneker’s book delivers on its promises. With regard to its aim―making the practical wisdom of the ancient world accessible for modern life―the book is a success."---Thierry V. Oppeneer, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

"Nuggets of wisdom for the budding leader . . . glimmer through an anthology that sometimes feels like a mashup of Polonius’s TED talk to Laertes and the epistolary musings of an aging historian."---Jonathan W. Jordan, Wall Street Journal


"In the modern age, people who try to tell us how to be good leaders usually end up telling us only about themselves. Through new translations of three concise essays from Plutarch, Jeffrey Beneker guides us toward far better advice about the wisdom, stoicism, and selflessness found in true leaders."―Tom Nichols, author of The Death of Expertise

"These writings of Plutarch are surprisingly relevant to political life in twenty-first-century democracies and deserve to be better known. How to Be a Leader brings these works to modern readers in an accessible way."―Timothy Duff, University of Reading

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  • Publisher : Princeton University Press; Bilingual edition (November 5, 2019)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 416 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0691192111
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0691192116
  • Item Weight : 1 pounds
  • Dimensions : 4.8 x 1.5 x 6.8 inches
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