Friday, April 18, 2008

Five Flaws in a General - and in a leader

Some received wisdom from Sun Tzu - as translated/ presented by Donald G. Krause, in his excellent 'The Art of War for Executives':

"There are five character flaws which are dangerous for a General:

If he is reckless, his men can be killed;

If he is cowardly, his army can be captured;

If he is short-tempered, he will react in anger;

If he is self-important, he can be deceived;

If he is attached to his men, he will hestitate at a critical moment.

These five flaws are unfortunate for the General, but they cause great destruction in war. These five flaws cause generals to fail and armies to die. Consider them well."

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