What do Henry V and David Cameron have in common?

 

What do Henry V and David Cameron have in common? An interesting question and one posed in a recent BBC piece that examines the impact or not that Shakespeare has on today’s leaders. It presents two contrasting perspectives – on the one hand the traditional heroic leader embodied by Henry V copies of which can still be seen at many a modern political party rally.

Added on 08 June 2012 by Erika Lucas

What do Henry V and David Cameron have in common?

An interesting question and one posed in a recent BBC piece that examines the impact or not that Shakespeare has on today’s leaders.

It presents two contrasting perspectives – on the one hand the traditional heroic leader embodied by Henry V copies of which can still be seen at many a modern political party rally. On the other hand the democratisation of information and ability to transmit your views at the click of a button make this kind of leadership increasingly difficult and for many – unwanted.

So does Shakespeare still have something to add to our understanding of leadership? Surely the answer is absolutely – as while his plays are hundreds of years old the attraction they hold for millions is his acute understanding of fundamental human emotions and feelings - things that have not changed despite the advent of new technology and massive societal shifts?