Chinese scripture written on bamboo scroll in around 481 B.C. Sūn Zǐ Bīng Fǎ ( Sun Tzu’s Warrior Strategy ) describes, through 13 chapters, how to evolve and execute strategies with surgical precision to win battles and wars Principles of Taoism can be found imbued in the scripture. “ Therefore, those skilled in war bring the enemy to the field of battle and are not brought there by him.”
“ An army may be likened to water, for just as flowing water avoids the heights and hastens to the lowlands, so an army avoids strength and strikes weakness.”
The essence of The Art of War can be summed up in the following lines: Winning by not engaging in bloody conflicts---strategy Use environment to your advantage----adaptability Knowing your enemy and knowing yourself---information and introspection “ To win a hundred victories in a hundred battles is not the culmination of skills. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the supreme excellence.” “ Know your enemy, know yourself, and you can fight a hundred battles with no danger of defeat.”
Zbi--- Wisdom Cheng--- Sincerity Ren----- Benevolence Yong---- Courage Yan----- Strictness/ discipline Reflections of Tao philosophy in the scripture bring out values of humility, compassion and veneration of Nature as the source and link of all life . “ Generally in war, the best policy is to take a state intact; to ruin it is inferior to this.... … for to win one hundred victories in one hundred battles are not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill.”
Let the strength of the leader pervade to subordinates.
Use alliances and strategic control points in the industry to shape your opponents and make them conform to your will.
Use deception and foreknowledge to maximize business intelligence.
Use speed and preparation to swiftly overcome the competition
Avoid your competitor’s strengths and attack his weaknesses.
Managing Conflict: Ability of the leader to unify his team in thought and action. "He whose ranks are united in purpose will win.” Managing Stress: “ Leaders must be first in the toils and fatigues of the army, putting their needs behind those of their troops. When one treats people with benevolence, justice and righteousness, and reposes confidence in them, the army will be united in mind and all will be happy to serve their leaders”
A big change need not always come from a big effort. Examining ourselves under the microscope of our very own conscience is all that it takes to trigger a change. Social evils spawn from degeneration of one’s moral fabric and the temptation to taste that forbidden fruit. THE ART of WAR stresses on building a character that epitomizes integrity that is non negotiable and morality that is impenetrable .
A leader must be able to imbibe in his men the highest degree of sincerity, courage, humaneness and discipline by personifying these values himself.