Alexander was known as a military genius of his time. The legacy he left behind is still being used this very day. Though his road to a successful one world government was short-lived, the impact he made will stand the test of time. Many leaders after him have tried to complete what Alexander set out to do and could not even come close. But what made Alexander the Great so different? What separated him from all the other dictators? What leadership style did he possessed that put him above all the rest?
Alexander the Child
Born July 20, 356 B.C. in the Pella region of Macedonia, Alexander the Great was destined to rule. His parents King Phillip II of Macedon and Queen Olympia, daughter of King Neoptolemus, raised young Alexander and his sister in the Pella’s royal court. Growing up Alexander rarely seen his father, who spent most of his time engaged in military activity and extra martial affairs. Alexander was left to be raised primarily by his mother. His mother Olympia became his most powerful role model. She influenced young Alexander to believe that he was a half God. She taught him that he could accomplish anything he desired. Her grooming left an impression that would influence his entire life. ("Alexander the Great," 2014)
Alexander early education was led by a man hired by his father named Leonidas. Leonidas was hired to teach young Alexander math, horsemanship, and archery. All the things needed to become a great leader. Unfortunately Alexander was a rebellious student who only wanted to role-play and impersonate warriors such as Achilles, whom he admired dearly. In 343 B.C., after numerous tutors, King Philip hired a new tutor, philosopher Aristotle. Being a forward thinker King Philip knew that bringing Aristotle to teach the future king would bring the much needed culture to an otherwise known barbaric society of Macedonia. In three years Alexander was taught philosophy, poetry, science, and politics. Aristotle began to notice Alexander being inspired from Homer’s Iliad and dreams of becoming a heroic warrior. ("Alexander the Great," 2014)
Alexander the Soldier
Alexander became a soldier while still just a teen. At the age of 16, while governing his father’s absence, he led a successful attack against rebellious tribes in Illyria. (Moulton, 1998) He embarked on his first military expedition against the Thracian tribe. Alexander took charge of the Companion Cavalry in 338. He aided his father in defeating the Athenian and Theban armies at Chaeronea. That union was short-lived once King Philip succeeded in his campaign to unite all the Greek states into the Corinthian League. Phillip married Cleopatra Eurydice, niece of General Attalus, and ousted Alexander’s mother, Olympia. Alexander and his mother were forced to leave Macedonia for Epirus until the rift between father and son ended.
Alexander the King
In 33 B.C. at a wedding King Phillip was assassinated by a noble Pausanias in Aegae. The reason behind the assassination left...