Hollywood’s version of Lawrence of Arabia was captured on film by actor Peter O’Toole, increasing his fame and lurching him into immortal stardom. In real life, T. E. Lawrence was an outstanding military hero who courageously helped the British and Arabs defeat the Ottomans in World War I. His respect for his allies’ culture, and understanding of their beliefs, was a valuable asset to the young, inexperienced officer, who shone as a natural leader.
In 1917, the British military commissioned Lawrence to write a pamphlet about his insights on working alongside Bedouin forces. The “27 Articles” he produced have stood the test of time as universal guidelines for effective leadership. They were recently republished for their 100th anniversary!
Although written for a specific period of military history, BusinessInsider.com has summarised and adapted the following eight key points to show their relevance to today’s leaders.
BusinessInsider notes that “Lawrence achieved what his superiors could not because he realised that effective leadership does not come from heavy-handedness, and that the best way to influence others is to earn their respect rather than demand it.”
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