Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun and Human Resource Management Essay

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Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun Dr. Ram Charan, a contributor to the Harvard Business Review says “Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun captures elegantly the time-tested principles of leadership. A must reading for today’s managers, this book energizes individuals to realize their leadership potential.” Wes Roberts wrote and focused on Attila, King of the Huns because his leadership principles were a base upon to build and develop other skills that may be important to ones success. After reading Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun by Wes Roberts, it is clear to see that although Attila’s principles were seen as a set of rules to conquer the world, today his principles can be integrated into the main components of Human Resource Management systems. First a brief background in the life of Attila and the Hunnish people, then a look at how Attila and human resources systems including, staffing, training and development, performance, and reward systems can be relatable to one another through qualities and desire. Attila the Hun is a character in which to base a metaphor in leadership. He’s been portrayed at a tyrant, who ruthlessly destroyed whatever came in his path. Contrary to his character, he was a brilliant and genius civilizer. Attila was met with perils, “trials and tribulations of masterful deceit.” He convinced his subordinate chiefs of his dreams of world conquest by patiently waiting and earning their trust. Today Attila might be characterized as an entrepreneur, diplomat, social reformer, statesman, and civilizer. The Roman Empire used a "child-hostage exchange arrangement", a clever way to influence and broaden control over countries it sought to control. In other words, the empire sent its own to foreign nations, and those nations reciprocated by sending their own to live and learn in the Roman courts. This approach was also looked at as a

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