Machiavelli’s Classic “The Prince” highlighted a leadership path for any incumbent or aspiring political despot in Medieval and Renaissance  Europe. It was, and remains, a literature classic and is well worth a read. 

The question now is does that principle still apply in the times of democratic management, emotional intelligence and servant-leadership? Does the direct “be reasonable, see it my way” hold some currency? 

Look around and it is easy to spot where the model still has some currency: national political leaders frequently show this side to their style (Hello there Mr Putin)  but in everyworkplace,however liberated or forward- thinking, Machiavelli followers will be there.

Sometimes, is that such a bad thing?

Just asking!