Alexander The Great Leader Analysis

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The tendency of the mind is described as follows: "For him who has conquered the mind, the mind is the best of friends; but for one who has failed to do so, his mind will remain the greatest enemy." This goes on to explain that the greatest strategists are who they are because of their controlled mind, since strategies have existed ever since the human mind was known. The word “strategy” originates from the Greek word “strategos” which means “a general”, “army”, “lead” or “plan of destruction of one’s enemies”. Writers like Tolstoy, Shakespeare and Montesquieu had developed strategic concepts which were then actually used by Napoleon, Hitler and Machiavelli. The Greek philosopher Socrates had once comforted Nicomachides, a militarist after being defeated by Antisthenese, a…show more content…
His success-to-failure ratio being 100:0. Alexander the Great is how the world remembers this man, because he not only valued human life and saw how important, as resources they were to his victories but also because he knew that victory did not bow down before numbers. He fought a total of 17 major battles, and won all of them. He was severely outnumbered in most of them, but, even in the worst case scenario, the army lost a meagre 16% of their soldiers. The most notable war waged by Alexander, the Battle of Gaugamela was the mind game of all mind games, in which Alexander employed two major strategies which sealed his victory over Darius and his Persian army. • Having observed the Persian army the night before the battle, he ordered his army to move to the left of the Persians, thus forcing Darius to lengthen his lines, creating a gap and enabling the Greek Phalanx (originated from the Greek word meaning finger, which is a rectangular group of soldiers armed with spears and moved as one formation) to trap the Persians. The advantage of the Phalanx was that it could not be broken in the
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