The Book of Leadership and Strategy: Lessons of the Chinese Masters
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The subtle arts of management and leadership have been developed over thousands of years by the Chinese. The Book of Leadership and Strategy represents the Taoist culmination of this long tradition and is one of the most prestigious works of ancient Chinese thought. Collected here are insightful teachings on the challenges of leadership on all levels, from organizational management to political statecraft. The translator, Thomas Cleary, has chosen and arranged these teachings to emphasize the most valuable lessons of Taoist wisdom for modern Western readers. Like Cleary's best-selling translation of The Art of War by Sun Tzu, this work will serve as an enlightening guide for people in business, politics, and government.
fully. No one threatens them with punishment, yet they help each other break through thickets, because they have the same interest. When they are crossing a river in the same boat and it runs into a squall, the children of a hundred families will immediately help each other like right and left hands without any question of reward, because they have the same trouble. Therefore, the military operations of enlightened leaders are to eliminate destructiveness for the world, so all the people share
disturbed by bee stings and distracted by mosquito bites, how do you think you can be calm and empty in the face of the troubles that oppress the human mind, which are more serious than the venom of a bee sting and the annoyance of mosquito bites? PEOPLE CHANGE endlessly in all kinds of ways. You wear out, then are renewed. The enjoyment possible in that is incalculable. For example, you dream you are a bird and fly through the sky; you dream you are a fish and plunge into the depths. While you
all quarters, the deep wellspring never exhausted, responding to all things as they arise in concert. Squareness of action means to stand up straight without unruliness, to be plain, pure, and unaffected, not to be quick to excitement in straits, and not to indulge in whims when successful. To have many abilities means to be competent in both martial and cultural arts, mannerly in action and repose, to be able to act or refrain as is appropriate, and not to turn away from anything but to find
based on resources. When people act, sages know what the reflections will be; when events begin, sages perceive how they will evolve. WITH THE ART of the Way it is not possible to seek fame through promotion, but it is possible to develop oneself by retirement. It is not possible to gain advantages by it, but it is possible to avoid injuries. Therefore, sages do not seek fame by their acts and do not seek praise for their wisdom. They emulate nature itself, so the ego is not involved. SAGES DO
The Art of War, by Sun Tzu (1988) Mastering the Art of War, by Zhuge Liang & Liu Ji (1989) Zen Lessons: The Art of Leadership (1989) The Japanese Art of War: Understanding the Culture of Strategy (1991) For more information please visit www.shambhala.com. Sign up to learn more about our books and receive special offers from Shambhala Publications. Or visit us online to sign up at shambhala.com/eshambhala.