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7 Sun Tzu's Advices on How to Be a Better Leader

Ivan Cubela | 11/4/2016 | Culture & People

Sun Tzu was an ancient Chinese military general, strategist and philosopher, who is believed to have written the famous ancient Chinese book on military strategy. He is known for his advices on how to be a better leader. 

The Art of War is a systematic guide to strategy and tactics for rulers and commanders. The book discusses various maneuvers and the effect of terrain on the outcome of battles. It stresses the importance of accurate information about the enemy’s forces, dispositions and deployments, and movements. 

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We made a list of top 7 bits of advice that you can use right now:

  1. A leader leads by example, not by force. (Showing your employees by example instead of making them do it can give you a lot of credit and respect)
  2. Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak. (Not showing your true state of mind will give you an advantage in every discussion)
  3. The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting. (Anticipating the possible conflict and avoiding it while getting the employees to do exactly what you want)
  4. Can you imagine what would you do if you could do all you can? (Self-awareness is the key factor to be a great leader)
  5. Engage people with what they expect; it is what they are able to discern and confirms their projections. (Consider what employees believe and want before any decision)
  6. Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat. (Take enough time to get prepared, instead of rushing no matter what)
  7. Build your opponent a golden bridge to retreat across. (Show everybody respect, no matter how bad they are)
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