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Leadership lessons from Confucius: take a hard look at yourself

take a hard look at yourself

子曰:「狂而不直,侗而不愿,悾悾而不信,吾不知之矣。」
Confucius said: “I don’t understand people who are reckless and insincere, ignorant and irresponsible, and naïve and untrustworthy.”

Take a hard look at yourself the next time you find yourself in front of the mirror. Ask yourself what are the weaknesses that are holding you back from achieving your potential. When you can’t bear to look at yourself any longer, sit down at your desk and write them down – not so much to make sure you don’t forget them but as a starting point for determining how to address them. Continue reading Leadership lessons from Confucius: take a hard look at yourself

Leadership Lessons from Confucius: actions speak louder than words

actions speak louder than words

子曰:「古者言之不出,恥躬之不逮也。」
Confucius said: “The ancients were reluctant to speak, fearing disgrace if their actions didn’t match their words.” (1)

Oh for the good old days when everyone’s word was their bond and people only opened their mouths after carefully considering what they were going to say!

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