Confucius (551-479 BCE), also known as Kong Qui or K’ung Fu-tzu, was a thinker, political figure, educator, philosopher and founder of the Ru School of Chinese thought. Even though Confucius was a great leader, he took the time to listen to what his disciples had to say. Also refer to my review of The Analects of Confucius.
20 Leadership Lessons from Confucius
- Learn by observing yourself and others.
- Take pleasure in acquiring knowledge.
- Learning without thinking is useless. Thinking without learning is dangerous.
- A man without virtue cannot long abide in adversity.
- He who works for his own interests will arouse much animosity.
- The self-restrained seldom err.
- The wise man desires to be slow to speak, but quick to act.
- Fix your mind on the right way; hold fast to it in your moral character.
- Emulate the good qualities you see in others, and check yourself for the bad ones.
- Learn as if you were not reaching your goal, and as though you were afraid of missing it.
- Make conscientiousness and sincerity your leading principles. Have no friends inferior to yourself. And when in the wrong, do not hesitate to amend.
- Do not do to others what you would not like yourself.
- If a man put duty first and success after, will not that improve his character?
- If a ruler is upright, his people will do their duty without order.
- When one is in a hurry, nothing is thorough.
- He who demands much from himself and little from others will avoid resentment.
- The wise man is intelligently, not blindly, loyal.
- Love of knowledge without a love to learn, finds itself obscured by loose speculation.
- Poetry is able to stimulate the mind, it can train to observation, it can encourage social intercourse, it can modify the vexation of life.
- The wise man makes duty, not a living, his aim.
Source of leadership lessons: The Analects of Confucius: A Philosophical Translation (Classics of Ancient China)
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