Classic Leadership Wisdom from Julius Caesar

In Act IV of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar,” Brutus–loyal friend and high-minded assassin–makes an eloquent case for recognizing and embracing opportunity when it comes:

There is a tide in the affairs of men

Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;

Omitted, all the voyage of their life

Is bound in shallows and in miseries.

On such a full sea are we now afloat,

And we must take the current when it serves,

Or lose our ventures.

–“Julius Caesar,” Act IV, Scene iii

About Jocelyn R Davis

Jocelyn Davis is Principal of Seven Learning, a leadership development firm that creates a lasting lift in leaders' effectiveness using classic books, films, and stories.
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2 Responses to Classic Leadership Wisdom from Julius Caesar

  1. Kate says:

    I’m awfully sorry I fell behind in reading your blog – so many pearls of wisdom here (and not just from Shakespeare, of course). Too often, we think we can force the current where we want it.

    um… nope. Effective change has to work within the current context, not assume some bright shiny new one that may (or more likely, may not) ensue after the change.

    • Very true. I am actually not sure there is any such thing as “managing change” … I think it may really be about “capitalizing on the changes that want to happen.”

      Thanks for commenting!

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