College of Management and Human Service

Business lessons from the Bard: Dean Joseph McDonnell explores leadership in 'Henry V'

Shakespeare on business — really? Shakespeare’s plays provide timeless insights for managers because so many deal with the dynamics of leadership — themes of power and its abuse, character and its flaws, ambition and its destructiveness, loyalty and its betrayal.

Macbeth, Othello and Lear offer lessons in failed leadership by warning about the dangers of obsessive ambition, mistrusting intuition and holding onto power for too long. In contrast, Henry V portrays a role model for future leaders with lessons about the importance of vision, mission and motivation.

Read more in Dean McDonnell's Bangor Daily News article "Business lessons from the Bard"