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Hamilton: The Different Styles of Leadership.

Updated: Apr 13, 2023

Spoiler alert!

The stage musical Hamilton explores very different styles of leadership between Americas Founding Fathers (Washington, Jefferson, Hamilton, Burr and Madison)

A commonly recurring theme is the relationship and rivalry between Hamilton & Burr (culminating in history's most famous duel)

Hamilton was extremely proactive (Relentless, wastes no time, takes risks, changes the game, makes mistakes, raises the stakes)

Burr is the complete opposite. (Risk averse, fear of failure, cautious, takes the middle ground, seeks consensus before making decisions)

Best summed up in the song Non-Stop.


"Burr, we studied, and we fought, and we killed

For the notion of a nation, we now get to build

For once in your life, take a stand with pride

I don't understand how you stand to the side."


"I'll keep all my plans close to my chest

I'll wait here and see which way the wind will blow

I'm taking my time, watching the afterbirth of a nation

Watching the tension grow."

Each leadership style has its place. One offers vision and growth, and the other offers stability and security.

The musical ends showcasing possibly the most strongest of all leadership styles, shown by Eliza Hamilton - strong but vulnerable, empathetic, understanding, and always putting others before herself.

Which leadership style do you lean towards?

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