Finding Shaka Zulu in the Attic
New Horizons in Leadership Studies series
Wake, Amakó, wake! And muster for the war: The wizard wolves from Keisi’s brake, The vultures from afar, Are gathering at Uhlanga’s call And following fast our westward way, For well they know, ere evening fall, They shall have glorious prey! (George F. Angas, The Kafirs Illustrated) Vain the ambition of kings Who seek by trophies and dead things To leave a living name behind, And weave but nets to catch the wind. (John Webster, Vanitas Vanitatum) … [S]o shall you hear Of carnal, bloody, and unnatural acts, Of accidental judgments, casual slaughters, Of deaths put on by cunning and forc’d cause, And, in this upshot, purposes mistook Fall’n on the inventors’ heads. (William Shakespeare, Hamlet) I make war on the living, not on the dead. (Charles V, comment made after the death of Martin Luther) I shall be an autocrat: that’s my trade. And the good Lord will forgive me: that’s his. (Catherine the Great, attributed) Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac. (Henry Kissinger, quoted in the New York Times) Dionysius, a Greek tyrant of Syracuse in the fourth century BC, once invited a courtier named Damocles to dinner. Damocles had earlier flattered him about the might of his army, the magnificence of his treasures, the beauty of his palaces and the immense resources at his disposition. He had exclaimed, ‘With those riches, no one could ever be happier.’ To which Dionysius had responded, ‘Since you think that my life is so pleasant, would you like to have vii PRELIMS...