One of the greatest examples historically of leadership, delegation, conquest, the building of unity, communication, and successful business venture is that of Cyrus the Great:
Cyrus II, founder of the Achaemenid Empire 559 BC, created the largest empire that the world had ever yet seen. His greatness as a King is mentioned 22 times in the Old Testament, and he is recognized by the Jewish faith as “…the anointed of the Lord”. Stretching from the borders of Greece to India and possibly beyond, his campaigns were absolute; described as having brought “into subjection every nation without exception.” (Boardman 1994)
A Warrior King, who after relentless conquest and campaigns, died during battle. Cyrus was known as, The Great King, King of Babylon, King of Persia, and King of the four corners of the World. He was revered as a great warrior and conqueror, but he is remembered as a great liberator, and unconditionally praised as one of the greatest men of all time.
Ancient Greek writer Xenophon wrote,
“And those who were subject to him, he treated with esteem and regard, as if they were his own children, while his subjects themselves respected Cyrus as the ‘Father’… What other man but ‘Cyrus’, after having overturned an empire, ever died with the title of ‘The Father’ from the people whom he had brought under his power? For it is plain fact that this is the name for the one that bestows, rather than one that takes away!”
Surely Cyrus was responsible for the death, pain, and suffering of hundreds of thousands during the execution of his unrelenting vision to unify the surrounding nations. So what makes the difference between a war mongering tyrant and a beloved unifier of nations? What can be the game changer within the corporation that makes it one of the greatest places to work verses a notorious horrible work environment? We deal today with the same challenges as Cyrus did uniting his people as we grow our businesses and wage the battle of “success” daily.
Cyrus understood the power of individual “Buy In”. He understood that by the sword he could conquer their lands, but only through communication, respect, and successfully sharing of his vision for his subject’s individual wellbeing could he conquer their hearts and minds.
Taking the kingdom from his grandfather his first action was to create a government that included nobles from BOTH great empires he was uniting at the time. They were utilized as civilian officials.
He understood the critical importance of how strong our personal beliefs are to our individual motivation. Cyrus respected the individual cultures, religions, and beliefs of all his subject nations. He allowed diversity, and ruled with kindness and tolerance.
Allowing leaders from their own lands to administer to them, Cyrus ensured cultural acceptance. He knew the power of having the right “Sender” for the right “Receiver” of the message.
Mail systems carried regular communications throughout the kingdom. Connection and common vision was maintained.
Victories were celebrated. Cyrus continually invited delegations to his capital where they were treated like friends, family, and guests rather than subjects and slaves.
The application of Cyrus’s ruling principles to successful business growth, projects, and ventures is evident. As we conquest to conquer the world around us through our own modern means and methods, the fundamental principles by which the first world leader to be known as “The Great” apply more than ever. With growing populations and personal awareness of individual value, we cannot afford to fail at supporting our people and understanding how to gain their “Buy In”.
Incredible growth and change within any business or empire does not need to become an obstacle if we know how apply the right leadership.
Diabsolut focuses on all the aspects of successful project implementation, progress, and business development through a discipline known as “Change Management” that encompassed all of King Cyrus’s principles and more.