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Leadership Lessons from Confucius Project: week 7, 2021 updates

quotations from Confucius

A mixed bag this week, including collections of quotations from Confucius on Confucius, leadership, and the supreme virtue of goodness (仁/rén). I am hoping that you will find them useful whenever you need to find an appropriate quote from the sage for an essay or a presentation.

Analects Book 9: Confucius on Confucius
Analects of Confucius Book 7: Confucius on himself
Analects of Confucius Book 13: ten quotes on leadership from Confucius
Analects Books 1 – 5: nine quotes on goodness from Confucius

Many of the quotations from Confucius in Book 7 and Book 9 give us a vivid picture of his insatiable passion for both learning and teaching. I particularly like the enthusiasm he shows in 7.21 and 7.7 below. In both deed and word, he was a very strong advocate of education for all. This is a vision that we still have not accomplished over two millennia later, though thanks to the great progress that’s been made globally over the past fifty years we are getting much closer to achieving it. Continue reading Leadership Lessons from Confucius Project: week 7, 2021 updates

Analects of Confucius Book 7: Confucius on himself

Confucius on himself

Analects Book 7 features a wealth of quotes from Confucius on himself that give us a deeper appreciation of his passion for learning and teaching. He was a man who could always see room for improvement no matter how much progress he made along the path of self-cultivation.

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Analects of Confucius Book 7: Confucius’s love of learning and teaching

Confucius's love of learning and teaching

In 7.23 of the Analects, Confucius snaps back at his followers after hearing that some of them suspect he is refusing to reveal the secret sauce to his great learning and wisdom. “My friends, do you think I’m hiding something from you?” he protests. “I’m hiding nothing at all. There’s nothing I do without sharing it with you. That’s my way.”

Perhaps if they had listened more carefully to what he had to say to the them, these doubting Thomases wouldn’t have found any reasons to question the sincerity of his intentions. Book 7 of the Analects, in particular, is full of evidence of Confucius’s love of learning and teaching. Continue reading Analects of Confucius Book 7: Confucius’s love of learning and teaching

Leadership lessons from Confucius: the best thing since sliced bread

best thing since sliced bread

子曰:「若聖與仁,則吾豈敢?抑為之不厭,誨人不倦,則可謂云爾已矣。」公西華曰:「正唯弟子不能學也。」
Confucius said: “How could I possibly dare to claim that I’m a man of great wisdom and goodness? All that can be said of me is that I never grow weary of learning and never get tired of teaching others.” Gongxi Chi said: “This is exactly what we students are unable to grasp.”

Better not to blow your own trumpet. If you’re anywhere near as good as you think you are, others will no doubt sing your praises. Just don’t let all the compliments go to your head, that’s all. Even if everyone else thinks that you’re the best thing since sliced bread, you know deep down that the moment you rest on your laurels complacency will set in and the downward slide will begin. Continue reading Leadership lessons from Confucius: the best thing since sliced bread

Leadership lessons from Confucius: purpose and meaning

purpose and meaning

子曰:「默而識之,學而不厭,誨人不倦,何有於我哉?」
Confucius said: “Quietly absorbing knowledge, learning and yet never growing weary, teaching and yet never becoming tired – how can any of these be difficult for me?”

Confucius was very fortunate in finding his passion early on in life. As a young boy he became fascinated by ritual objects and developed a lifelong love of learning the ways of the ancients and sharing this knowledge with anyone who showed even the slightest inclination to listen to him. Continue reading Leadership lessons from Confucius: purpose and meaning

Leadership lessons of Confucius: not a vessel

not a mere receptacle

子曰:「君子不器。」
Confucius said: “A leader isn’t a vessel.”

How can I add value? This is the key question that you need to repeatedly ask yourself as you go about your daily work. As Confucius points out in this well-known passage, a leader is much more than a vessel such as a cooking pot in the kitchen or a receptacle on an altar. Your role is not to passively absorb information but to actively sift and share it with the members of your team so that they can develop their abilities more effectively. Continue reading Leadership lessons of Confucius: not a vessel

Leadership Lessons from Confucius: creative and critical thinking

critical and creative thinking

子曰:「溫故而知新,可以為師矣。」
Confucius said: “Bringing new meaning to the old to understand the new makes you fit to be a teacher.”

As AI proliferates, it won’t just be blue-collar jobs like driving that will be replaced by algorithms that never sleep. White-collar positions in legal, accounting, finance, and other professions will also be under threat from super AIs that are way more efficient at specific tasks like sifting through mountains of documents at the speed of light. Continue reading Leadership Lessons from Confucius: creative and critical thinking