Developing Great Leadership – Case Study of the Roman Empire

7 February 2013

Trinity House, Trinity Square, Tower Hill, London EC3N 4DH

Rome is not a place or a people, but an idea that implies values, rights and obligations. It was one of the most powerful ideas in all history. The most intriguing question is why the Roman Empire lasted so long. This session will explore what leadership insights can be gained from understanding how Rome worked, and what can still be learned today.

Who is it for?

HR leaders and leadership development professionals, together with those who have an interest in thinking differently about the topic.

Overview

Rome is not a place or a people, but an idea that implies values, rights and obligations. It was one of the most powerful ideas in all history. The most intriguing question is why the Roman Empire lasted so long. This session will explore what leadership insights can be gained from understanding how Rome worked, and what can still be learned today.

Content

Rome was a global organisation. It grew because it offered a unique value proposition based on a notion of citizenship which was, in principle, open to all. It was sustained for half a millennium by the Army whose performance was based on a leadership model which reconciled alignment and autonomy. It eventually declined because the virtuous circle it had originally created to allow growth finally turned into a doom-loop. Dr. Bungay will illustrate his session with scenes from the introduction to the film “Gladiator.”

Delegates will have the opportunity to reflect on the implications of the rise and fall and on what it takes to create and sustain high performance. 

As an extension to the discussion, the notion of storytelling will be considered. Why is it that Stephen’s description and analysis is so memorable and yet other accomplished presenters are less able to create a lasting impression? We will explore how storytelling can be used more powerfully to inspire followership and create an agenda for change.