Today I was doing my normal news/blog skim and came across an article written by a blogger about a gentleman who seems to have some noble goals. It started off well. The piece was about this guy’s goals of helping others in his generation (my generation) to become leaders, find their personal successes, and build their independence. I can get on board with all of those ideas. As a matter of fact, I’m working to do strikingly similar things and began to seriously consider reaching out to him to see if we may be able to brainstorm together or if I might learn something from him. He seemed like a cool guy. Let me say that again with some emphasis, he SEEMED like a cool guy. What I mean is that he was actively working to make himself seem interesting and cool. The conceit was almost palpable.
“There are five dangerous faults which may affect a general: (1) Recklessness, which leads to destruction; (2) cowardice, which leads to capture; (3) a hasty temper, which can be provoked by insults; (4) a delicacy of honor which is sensitive to shame; (5) over-solicitude for his men, which exposes him to worry and trouble. These are the five besetting sins of a general, ruinous to the conduct of war.” -Sun Tzu “The Art of War”
I recently wrote an article based on a quote on Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War” and here I am doing it again. What can I say other than I have noticed that on occasion an individual can write down an idea that seems to transcend time and culture. This seems to be the case again with Sun Tzu and his 5 Disastrous Faults of a General. “The Art of War” has been studied for centuries for both its application to warfare as well as the use of its principle in business. Though the 5 Disastrous Faults were written about over 2,000 years ago, they still apply in the present era. Here is a list of Sun Tzu’s 5 Disastrous Faults of a General and how you can avoid them to maintain effective leadership.