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 are in 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 Epaminondas and the Roman Scipio Africanus. Highlights include:

  • Introduction of Plutarch’s Lives as historical work.
  • Lives of Epaminondas and Scipio Africanus.
  • Comparison in the lives of Epaminondas and Scipio Africanus.
  • What leadership lessons can be drawn from the lives of Alcibiades and Coriolanus. 


Plutarch’s Lives by Bill Thayer