12 O’Clock High, a podcast on business leadership brings together stories from history, the arts and movies, research and current events to consider leadership lessons. In this episode, Richard Lummis and Tom Fox begin a 10-part summer series on leadership lessons from biographies found in Plutarch’s Lives. Each week we will pair an ancient Greek and Roman to learn about their lives, the comparison and contrast between the two men and what leadership lessons with might draw from their lives. In today’s episode we look at the Greek Alcibiades and the Roman Coriolanus.  Highlights include:

·       Introduction of Plutarch’s Lives as historical work.

·       Lives of Alcibiades and Coriolanus.

·       Comparison in the lives of Alcibiades and Coriolanus.

·      What leadership lessons can be drawn from the lives of Alcibiades and Coriolanus.


Plutarch’s Lives by Bill Thayer

See also Stephen Pressfield book: The Tides of War, for a historical novel on Alcibiades.