Machiavelli was no chump

May 14, 2010 at 12:44 pm Leave a comment

by Alec Patton

When Richard Olivier led a workshop on transformational leadership at the Global Education Leaders’ Programme, he led off with a quote from Niccolo Machiavelli’s The Prince:

There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. For the innovator has enemies in all those who profit by the old order, and only lukewarm defenders in all those who would profit by the new order, this lukewarmness arising partly from fear of their adversaries … and partly from the incredulity of mankind, who do not truly believe in anything new until they have had actual experience of it.

Niccolo was not wrong.

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