Chapter 3: Learning about leadership from Coriolanus and Coriolanus
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Ralph Fiennes adapted Shakespeare’s Coriolanus in 2011. Fiennes directed and played the title role to critical acclaim, yet the film had a short run. The movie’s relative unpopularity - indeed, the candidly contemptuous protagonist’s incivility as well as the early seventeenth-century play and Plutarch’s biographical sketch, on which it was based - give us an occasion to reevaluate the importance we place on (and the standards we set for) leaders’ candor, civility, integrity, and compassion.

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