Machiavelli's The Prince

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At the time it was written, Machiavelli's book, "The Prince", repudiated the established, classical philosophy of effective leadership and has since aroused controversy over its pragmatic content. Before Machiavelli published his ideas, the predominance of writers addressing the topic asseverated virtuous leadership principles. The philosophy of Machiavelli's precursors argued that living a virtuous life and favoring principled actions when presented with alternative choices was the key to effective leadership. In "The Prince", Machiavelli asserts the necessity to analyze leadership theories through assessing what techniques prove most effective in practice. This pragmatic approach led to the conclusion that virtuous actions are not key to

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