The Romans were extremely gruesome on the Carthaginians. Their laws severely reduced the military power of the Carthaginians and extracted a lot of resources and wealth. So when Hannibal Barca got elected as the Chief Magistrate, he spent the next half decade in Carthaginian politics and during this time, he conducted elections for military judges. Besides that, he decreased their work term from lifetime to two years. He was a decisive man, maybe that’s why they call him Hannibal, The Conqueror.
Romans became extremely insecure about the growing power and control of Hannibal over their surroundings in 195 BC and asked him to retire from office. Hannibal then moved to Ephesus to become a military advisor. While he was commanding a fleet of Seleucid Empire that was engaged in war with Rome’s ally Pergamon, his army got defeated. Hannibal being a man of virtue, fled to Bithynia and despite Romans demands for him to surrender, he didn’t turn up and went into exile.
Once Hannibal was misdirected to a low field by a smart strategy by Fabius Maximus. He was trapped and the Romans were uphill waiting for him to be captured. He along with his men gathered 2000 oxen and tying bundles of wood to their horns, set the wood on fire. The oxen were used as a distraction and meanwhile Hannibal’s men pushed through the weakest pass. Fabius got confused and instead of attacking Hannibal’s troops, he stayed on the safe side making a defensive strategy.
No doubt Hannibal Barca, The Conqueror was a great military general. He was not only brave, but had smart and strategic tilt to his bold and authoritative presence. His personal hatred towards Romans made him follow the path of warfare and led him to shed a lot of blood while mercilessly killing his opponents. Although we can’t have this type of leadership in today’s time, but we surely would benefit from having a strategic manager and bold decision taker who makes use of available resources in time.