"Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's"
Here are some quick reflections on a book on the life of Julius Caesar, one of the most important figures in history. Some of the lessons from this man, who dictated a good part of global political, economic and military actions in the 1st century BC, are still valuable today.
The book Caesar - Life of a Colossus by Adrian Goldsworthy, offers a detailed description of the most important moments in the life of Julius Caesar, from his birth in the year 100 BC until he was killed 56 years later. Caesar's life continues to fascinate us to the present day. Indeed, thanks to his virtues, he was able to transform himself from a practically anonymous citizen into the most influential figure in Rome.
His military achievements were remarkable. He defeated the Germanic tribes and ruled Gaul, protecting Rome from the frequent invasions by tribes from the north, providing security to the empire’s commercial routes and expanding its economy while increasing the wealth of the imperial coffers.
Caesar’s great military skills are synthesized in his words to the Senate to describe his victory in the battle of Zela: “Veni, vidi, vici”— I came, I saw, I conquered— in which he only needed a bit of time and a correct strategy to send the enemy fleeing.
In the final years of his life, Caesar concentrated an enormous amount of political power, equivalent to that of a king, although at that time consuls were periodically chosen who governed together with the senate.
We should also take into account that several actions taken by Julius Caesar had debatable motivations and effects. He was unnecessarily harsh in many battles; he governed without consulting very often with the Senate; and he used public resources to win political favors.
However, Caesar displayed great virtues that resonate even today. His military discipline allowed him to center and concentrate his efforts, to react quickly under extreme circumstances, and to recover from major setbacks, while he showed a great capacity to adapt to changing circumstances. Julius Caesar was also a charismatic leader, who knew how to design successful strategies and motivate his armies.
On a personal and professional level, if we make an effort to assume these virtues, we can become better. Moving forward with timely information, determination, and considerable effort, focused on meeting constructive goals, will allow us to successfully compete and improve our standard of living.
Intelligence, compliance, and teamwork were decisive in Julius Caesar’s achievements. History shows us that the relevance of these concepts does not fade over time, which is why they are key elements that guide Grupo Salinas’ efforts and actions. I am convinced that our zeal and dedication will lead us to earn a place in corporate history.