Machiavelli teachings are still relevant to today's leaders, so did he just Machiavelli's get a bad rap?
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Machiavelli's Prince of Business | Leadership in Changing Times
Maurizio Viroli, Ph.D.
Professor of Government, College of Liberal Arts
Room 203  AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center 
$25, includes lunch

Maurizio ViroliProfessor Maurizio Viroli, one of the world’s foremost experts on Machiavelli, will reveal the hidden business wisdom within the famous philosopher’s sometimes-controversial advice. Machiavelli’s idea—that wisdom is the ability to understand times and circumstances while adapting our strategy to fluctuating conditions—is as valuable for today’s leaders as it was in 1506. Professor Viroli will dispel the myth that Machiavelli believed in bullying. Successful leadership, according to Machiavelli, requires being decisive and ready to seize opportunities when they arise.

Much of Professor Viroli's discussion will be based on his most recent books How to Choose a Leader and Quotable Machiavelli.


  • A deeper understanding of Machiavelli's works and letters and why his philosophies are still relevant in today's business world.
  • Why good leaders must know how to read people's minds.
  • That true leaders aim at accomplishing great things that will make them glorious.
  • A good leader never despairs and never gives up even in the darkest circumstances.

Maurizio Viroli is Professor of Government at The University of Texas at Austin, Professor of Political Communication at the University of Italian Switzerland (Lugano), and Professor Emeritus of Politics at Princeton University. He holds a degree in philosophy from the University of Bologna and a Ph.D. in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute of Firenze. He is the author of numerous books on the history of political thought; classical republicanism and neo-republicanism; Niccolò Machiavelli; Jean-Jacques Rousseau; republican iconography; the relationship between religion and politics; patriotism; constitutionalism, classical rhetoric; political communication; citizenship and civic education. 



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