How to lead like Saladin

You don't succeed in uniting much of the Muslim world and striking fear into the heart of the Christian west without being a brilliant ruler. John Man reveals the eight qualities that made Saladin one of the greatest leaders of them all...

Saladin, seen in a 12th-century portrait, led Muslim opposition to the crusaders and united much of the Middle East. (Photo by Ann Ronan Pictures/Print Collector/Getty Images)

This article was first published in the April 2015 issue of BBC History Magazine

Saladin’s achievements – uniting much of the Middle East under one vast Muslim empire, and crushing a crusader army in 1187 – mark him down as one of the most accomplished rulers in history. Here are the eight secrets behind his incredible success…

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