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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: the basic recipe for your secret sauce

子以四教:文,行,忠,信。
Confucius covered four subjects in his teaching: culture; conduct; loyalty; and trustworthiness. (1)

Confucius defined four key ingredients in the basic recipe that an individual needed to formulate in order to create their very own brand of secret sauce. Continue reading Leadership lessons from Confucius: the basic recipe for your secret sauce

Leadership lessons from Confucius: love of learning

love of learning

子曰:「十室之邑,必有忠信如丘者焉,不如丘之好學也。」
Confucius said: “In a hamlet of ten houses, you’re certain to find someone as loyal and trustworthy as I am, but you won’t find a single person who loves learning as much as I do.”

Thanks to rapid technology advances, it’s never been easier to learn. No matter what subject you happen to be interested in, there is a huge variety of courses and materials online for you to choose from – often at a fraction of the cost of those offered by traditional educational institutions and publishers. Continue reading Leadership lessons from Confucius: love of learning

Analects of Confucius Book 1: Confucius on leadership qualities

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Leadership wasn’t a theoretical concept to Confucius. It was rather a set of qualities and behaviors that you as a leader (君子/jūnzǐ) should cultivate in order to guide your thoughts and actions. Continue reading Analects of Confucius Book 1: Confucius on leadership qualities

Leadership lessons from Confucius: on trust

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子曰:「人而無信,不知其可也。大車無輗,小車無軏,其何以行之哉?」
Confucius said: “I wouldn’t know what to do with someone whose word cannot be trusted. How would you drive a wagon without a yoke or a chariot without a crossbar?”

Trust is the key to all human relationships. It’s the thread that holds families, communities, and society together. It’s also the reason why we buy particular products, remain loyal to particular brands, vote for particular parties, and work for particular organizations. Continue reading Leadership lessons from Confucius: on trust

Leadership Lessons from Confucius: seriousness of purpose

seriousness of purpose

子曰:「君子不重,則不威,學則不固。主忠信,無友不如己者,過則勿憚改。」
Confucius said: “A leader who has no seriousness of purpose lacks dignity and a solid foundation for learning. Hold loyalty and trustworthiness as your highest principles; don’t make friends with people who are not your equal. When you make a mistake, don’t be afraid to correct yourself.”

Seriousness of purpose is critical in a leader. Without having a strong commitment to achieve your goal, how will you be able to put in the hard work necessary to accomplish it and to inspire other people to support you?

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