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Leadership Lessons from Confucius: a helping hand

a helping hand

Confucius said: “To be poor without being resentful is difficult; to be wealthy without being arrogant is easy.”
子曰:「貧而無怨難,富而無驕易。」

It can be all too easy to let success go to your head and view your wealth and fame as rightful rewards for your talents and virtues. After all, everyone else has the same chance to make something of themselves if only they worked as hard as you do and had the same drive, determination, and grit. Continue reading Leadership Lessons from Confucius: a helping hand

Leadership Lessons from Confucius: confident but never arrogant

confident but never arrogant

Confucius said: “A leader is confident but never arrogant. A petty person is arrogant but never confident.”
子曰:「君子泰而不驕,小人驕而不泰。」

Even though it can often be very difficult to distinguish between confidence and arrogance, the difference between them is huge. Confidence is based on a solid foundation of hard work and strong core values that keep you grounded in reality. Arrogance is based on a sea of shifting sands of boundless hope and deep despair. Continue reading Leadership Lessons from Confucius: confident but never arrogant

Leadership lessons from Confucius: an uncomfortable question

uncomfortable question

子曰:「如有周公之才之美,使驕且吝,其餘不足觀也已。」
Confucius said: “Even if someone has all the outstanding talents of the Duke of Zhou, if they’re arrogant and mean all their other qualities aren’t worth looking at.”

Do you have the right character to make the most of your talent? This is an uncomfortable question to ask yourself, but also an extremely important one. After all, it’s impossible to achieve long-term success based on your abilities alone. You need to be able to complement them with diligence, integrity, modesty, generosity, and a host of other traits that will enable you to become a well-rounded person – or, as Confucius termed it, a leader (君子/jūnzǐ). Continue reading Leadership lessons from Confucius: an uncomfortable question

Leadership lessons from Confucius: the more you lean in one direction

lean in

子曰:「奢則不孫,儉則固。與其不孫也,寧固。」
Confucius said: “Just as extravagance leads to arrogance, frugality leads to meanness. It’s better to be mean rather than arrogant.”

The more you become accustomed to a luxurious lifestyle, the higher your expectations rise. A standard room in a five-star hotel’s no longer enough to satisfy you. You really need an elaborate suite with an awesome view of the beach to get a decent night’s sleep. After all, you deserve the very best, don’t you? You’re so much smarter and hard-working than the hoi-polloi. It’s about time you received the benefits you’re entitled to. Continue reading Leadership lessons from Confucius: the more you lean in one direction