Confucius said: “Commit yourself sincerely to the love of learning. Defend the great way with your life. Do not enter an unstable state or live in a country that is in chaos. Take office when the way prevails in the world; withdraw from office when it disappears. In a state that has adopted the way, be ashamed if you remain poor and obscure; in a state that has lost the way, be ashamed if you become rich and achieve high rank.”
There’s no point in working with a leader without a clear ethical sense. No matter how honorably you act, you will inevitably get dragged into the morass and emerge with a sullied reputation or perhaps even worse. Continue reading Leadership lessons from Confucius: an unwinnable battle
Confucius said: “Set your heart on the way; act in accordance with virtue; hold fast to goodness; enjoy the arts.” (1) (2)
No matter what path you choose to pursue in life, the more strongly you dedicate yourself to it, the more likely you are to achieve fulfillment. Continue reading Leadership lessons from Confucius: set your heart on the way
Confucius said: “Those who know the way are not the equal of those who love it; those who love the way are not the equal of those who take joy in it.” (1)
Whatever path you decide to take in life, you won’t get very far if you simply go through the motions as you make your way along it. If you can’t muster any passion for what you’re doing, then take some time to think about what you really want to do with your time on this planet. Continue reading Leadership Lessons from Confucius: stuck in a rut?
Confucius said: “Who would leave a house except through the doorway? Why is it that nobody follows the way?” (1)
It’s inevitable that there’ll be times when you reach the point of despair when you are leading a challenging new project. If there aren’t, then it probably means that you aren’t pushing yourself far enough out of your comfort zone. Continue reading Leadership lessons from Confucius: reaching the point of despair
Confucius said: “A scholar who pursues the way but is ashamed of his threadbare clothes and coarse food is not worth talking to.” (1)
Follow the path that you believe in – not the one that you think will help you make the most money and bring you the greatest fame. That might mean making some minor sacrifices to begin with, but you will be much happier and more fulfilled over the long term because you are following your passion and doing something worthwhile.
Continue reading Leadership lessons from Confucius: threadbare clothes and coarse food
Confucius said: “Know the way at dawn; die without regret at dusk.”
Don’t jump to conclusions! Take some time to think before rushing to judgment – no matter how tempted you are to open your mouth or tap away at your keyboard to enlighten the world with the brilliance of your insights.
Continue reading Leadership lessons from Confucius: know the way at dawn