Leadership from Henry the V and Comparison to Real World

Leadership Examples from Shakespeare:
• Henry V-Battle of Agincourt-Had a game plan and executed it decisively
• Motivational Speech-All things are ready if out minds be so • Innovation
• Defeat is not an option
Leadership Examples Observed in the RWL Program– Comparison to Henry V

Leadership Examples Observed in the RWL Program– Comparison to Henry the V

Adaptability- Innovation

Two worksites reflected similar emphases on innovation Walsh Environmental and the Gowan Company. When an issue or problem arose, both companies were eerily similar in their approach to solving the problems. Information regarding the issue would be gathered and then analyzed before making a decision and neither company yielded to defeat easily. Sometimes when searching for the answer both companies showed the skill of trying something “out of the box”.

Gowan employs someone in the field of disruptive technologies, someone who constantly seeks out new and innovative ways to perform in various tasks. Gowan owns multiple patents used for various types of chemical storage for different pieces of milling equipment. Walsh has also found ways to solve their problems through teamwork, new ideas and seeking the counsel of their colleagues. Both of these companies are willing to try something new, or something that other people have not tried yet.

An example of Walsh’s innovativeness occurred when a very small monitoring device was stuck in a natural gas well. One of Walsh’s employees devised something similar to a fishing rod, in order to retrieve the device, using random pieces of material laying around.

In Shakespeare’s play about Henry the V are some brilliant examples of adaptability and innovation. During the battle of Agincourt the severely depleted British army was retreating, they were in enemy territory, and in awful weather. With these challenges facing them, England decided to change from the expected typical tactics. In 1415 when this battle took place, a typical make-up of an army was 80% foot soldiers and 20% crossbowmen with the soldiers wearing armor fifty to sixty pounds. France’s army had 30,000-100,000 troops (sources vary on the number) and England only had around 5,000–8,500 men. Facing an army that vastly outnumbered them, that was better equipped, and on their home territory, England shed the typical battle strategy and equipped 80% of their men with long bows, which could fire much faster than a crossbow. Because of the change in tactics and France’s army having to cross very muddy terrain in full armor the English launched thousands upon thousands of arrows where “they fell like rain” leading to the English winning the battle handedly. As for the outcome – “The lowest ratio in these French sources has the French losing six times more men than the English. The English sources vary between about 1,500 and 11,000 for the French dead, with English dead put at no more than 100.”-Wikipedia

A common characteristic between the worksites from the RWL Program and the English army in Henry the V is the willingness to be innovative and try new things. Although these companies are not in such a drastic situation as war, their leaders think on their feet and find new ways to get their goals accomplished.

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