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Troy: Trojan War and Leadership Styles

Publication Year : 2010

Authors: Vivek M.V., Vandana Jayakumar and Dr. Nagendra V. Chowdary

Industry: General Business

Region:Not Available

Case Code: LDS0034

Teaching Note: Available

Structured Assignment:  Not Available

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Based on Hollywood blockbuster Troy, this case study helps in studying various leadership styles. In the backdrop of the Trojan War, the case study highlights the leadership styles of the protagonists – Agamemnon, Achilles, Hector, Priam and Odysseus. While there were several leaders in the Trojan War, each with a distinct leadership style, which is the best leadership style, is debatable. For leaders in various organisations; which is the best leadership style for them? Moreover, what works best for an organisation may not work for the other. Further, what defines the enduring impact of a leader – style or substance? Instances of the Trojan War captured in the case study give an introduction to the various leadership styles, provide a clue about the appropriate leadership styles for organisations and help ponder on Henry Fayol’s theory of ‘subordination of individual interest to general interest’.

Pedagogical Objectives:

    (In the light of the movie’s lead characters,)

  • To understand different styles of leadership
  • To discuss and debate on ideal leadership styles for organisations.

Keywords : Leadership, Leadership Styles, People-Oriented Vs Task-Oriented Leadership, Participative Leadership, Authoritative Leadership, Leaders Vs Managers, Roots of Leadership, The Art of War, The Trojan War, Achilles, Characteristics of a Leader, Level 5 Leader, Subordination of individual interest to general interest, TROY, Trojan War, Movie-Based Case Study


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