Humility, in General

10 12 2015

“The general who advances without coveting fame and retreats without fearing disgrace, whose only thought is to protect his country and do good service for the sovereign, is the jewel of the kingdom.” ~Sun Tzu

Oh, I love me some General Sun Tzu.  His leadership lessons from 2,500 years ago are still pertinent today.  Many of them center on self-knowledge and humility.  Knowing the limits of you and your team means that you might retreat sooner, and more will live to fight another day.  Whether in battle, or the boardroom, that strategy is still sound.

Being humble enough to tell your team that you were wrong, and it’s time to regroup may make them think less of you in the short run, but when they realize the amount of pain you avoided by cutting it short, they’ll understand your wisdom.  So, when something is not working, forget your ego, and the applause you’re hoping for, and do a tactical retreat.

Speaking of protecting…


Rubes cartoons used with permission.




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