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Author Tamiolaki, Mélina, 1977- author.

Title Leaders managing negative emotions : the episode between Cyrus and Cyaxares in Xenophon's Cyropaedia / Melina Tamiolaki
Published London : SAGE Publications: SAGE Business Cases Originals, 2020


Description 1 online resource
Series SAGE Business Cases
SAGE Business Cases
Summary In the Cyropaedia, Xenophon (431-354 B.C.) recounts the life and deeds of Cyrus the Great, the founder of the Persian Empire (600-530 B.C.). Throughout this work Cyrus is depicted as an extremely ambitious and talented man, who manages to rule the Persians and many other nations with their consent. The theme of leadership and emotional intelligence is particularly apt in this context, since Xenophon provides valuable information not only about Cyrus' emotions, but also about how he handles the emotions of his followers, allies, enemies, and rivals.This case study focuses on a famous episode of the Cyropaedia, the encounter between the Persian prince, Cyrus, and his uncle, the Median King Cyaxares (5.5). The Median King expresses his discontent towards his nephew because the latter succeeded in gaining the affection of his people, the Medes, a fact that makes Cyaxares feel utterly dishonored. This section of the Cyropaedia is replete with emotions: anger, stress, shame, envy, jealousy, and friendship are either explicitly mentioned or indirectly expressed. Xenophon also presents a lengthy conversation between Cyrus and Cyaxares, in the course of which Cyrus attempts to mitigate his uncle's negative emotions. This section of the Cyropaedia deserves close scrutiny, not only because of the plethora of emotions it stages but also because it can give rise to several reflections on the ways that leaders can handle negative emotions. This case study encourages students to reflect on negative emotions leaders arouse and the ways they resolve tensions deriving from these emotions
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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SUBJECT Xenophon. Cyropaedia -- Criticism, Textual
Cyrus, the Great, King of Persia, -530 B.C. or 529 B.C. -- In literature
Cyrus, the Great, King of Persia, -530 B.C. or 529 B.C. fast (OCoLC)fst01814703
Cyropaedia (Xenophon) fast (OCoLC)fst01358038
Subject Leadership in literature.
Leadership in literature.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781529718447