Leadership Lessons and Career Advice From the Musical Hamilton

Am J Pharm Educ. 2020 Oct;84(10):ajpe8175. doi: 10.5688/ajpe8175.


The musical Hamilton, written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, creatively depicts the life and career of founding father Alexander Hamilton. While Hamilton is the primary focus, highlights of the career and personal journeys of other leaders, such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Aaron Burr, are interjected throughout the production. Often the musical numbers in Hamilton focus on aspects of leadership and career development that Hamilton and his contemporaries were learning or needed to learn. These lessons are applicable to the challenges that faculty members in academic pharmacy face today at different stages of a career. These include the importance of maximizing opportunities, listening, self-reflection, compromise, patience, empathy, prioritizing, tending relationships, making difficult decisions, knowing when to say goodbye, and managing a legacy.

Keywords: Hamilton; career planning; leadership; musicals; pharmacy education.

MeSH terms

  • Career Mobility*
  • Drama*
  • Education, Pharmacy*
  • Faculty, Pharmacy*
  • Humans
  • Leadership*
  • Mentors
  • Music*
  • Narration
  • Politics
  • Schools, Pharmacy*