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Julius Caesar: 8 Secrets to His Leadership Success


Today is the Ides of March, the date of the assassination of Julius Caesar. Notwithstanding his unfortunate demise, he stands as one of history's greatest military leaders. Looking at history we can find 8 secrets to his historic success.

Connect with your Soldiers

It has been said that Caesar knew the names of each soldier fighting with him. That personal connection was a chance to

win the confidence of his army. A leader doesn’t need to be “best friends” with every member of his team, but from this

story we can learn that having a personal connection with

coworkers is something positive because it strengthens



Julius Caesar was also a good orator. He used to appear at

the Roman Senate and addressed his soldiers with passionate

speeches. A good leader cares about learning communication

techniques that will help him effectively convey messages and

engage the team.

Share Information

A great part of the success of the Roman Legions was the

information troops had available on the battlefield. Every

Centurion had as much information about the battle plan as

Julius Caesar did. Nowadays, Centurions represent team or

department managers. As a leader, you must make sure that

these people are well-informed and understand your

perspective so they can communicate to the rest of the team

what needs to be done.

Maximize Potential

Roman soldiers were trained to use gladius—small pointy

daggers—with which they conquered half the world. Far from

the powerful image of great swords and spears, the legions

were specialized in the use of these small weapons—light, but

effective. Like Caesar, the tools you have available will help you

be successful. Learn to use tools correctly and develop your

skills in order to maximize your own potential and that of the

people around you.

Accept Responsibility

Caesar was always close to his troops. In spite of the danger,

the Roman general wanted to communicate directly with his

army because he knew that meant a boost to his soldiers'

moral. He ate with them, slept with them, bled with them.

Being close to his men also allowed him to identify weaknesses

and make quick decisions to correct mistakes. Like Julius

Caesar, a good leader must be ready for whatever may come,

to give support to his people, and make quick but well thought-out

decisions. Be accessible to your team and guide


Celebrate Achievements

Julius Caesar made sure that everyone knew about his

victories. You don’t have to write a book about your victories

like Caesar did, but it is important that you learn to communicate

everything you achieve so that the team will feel part of the

accomplishment. Keep a modest attitude, but don’t forget to

highlight every little success and goal you reach.

Don’t Delegate the Most Unpleasant Tasks

In Roman times, it was common to punish deserters. Caesar

was personally in charge of this task, one of the hardest a

soldier can face. Obviously, this one is a rather extreme

example, but from it we can learn that a good leader mustn’t sit

back and wait for others to do hard tasks for him; instead, he

must do the work himself. In other words, be an example to others

and take on the hardest tasks yourself.

Take a Risk

Julius Caesar took risks, which came with his leadership. If you

set your convictions aside and make decisions based on fear of consequences, you will be building your leadership on a faulty base.

Take risks, learn from mistakes, and you will achieve success.

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