The Art of War

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The Art of War - a brief analysis

The Art of War is one of the oldest and most successful books on military strategy. It composed of 13 chapters, each of which is based on philosophy, used the idea of philosophy to observe the war, discussed and find out the general rule of war. Though it is very short, it devoted to one aspect of warfare.

The Art of War has a perfect logic system. These 13 chapters, no matter more or less will influence the main idea. Just like the first chapter is Laying Plans, it explores the five fundamental factors and seven elements that define a successful outcome. The second chapter is Waging War, this part is not like the warfare that we think like today, it explains how to understand the economy of war and how
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To a commander or a leader, sincerely is first of condition to maintain the cohesion. Every organization or group, if there is no sincerely between each of stuff, the organization would not existent.

Benevolence is special emphasizing in Chinese military affairs, which also means keep a golden mean, this idea is influenced by Confucianism. To explain benevolence, it is over-solicitude for his men, requiring the commander looks their soldiers like own brother or son and daughter. It will be harmonious in one organization.

About courage, it is the spirit of brave, this spirit is the necessary diathesis to a leader. Veracious to say it is one of ability to make decision. For example, one of the Japanese entrepreneurs who named Sun Zhangyi said “if you do the business when you have 90% confidence, you will be defeated by people who only have 70% confidence on it.” and this decision-making is not a adventure, you must build this on rational courage.

Last point is strictness, it is complementary with sincerely. So the strictness is a outside behavior,

In one word, wisdom, sincerely, benevolence, courage and strictness, these five stands are interrelated and interaction, only to put these five stands together, it will enhance the leader. Actually, it is not meaning that we need

all-powerful leader, what we want to say is basing on the five principle, keeping studying and improving, this will be a excellent leader.

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