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Leadership Rules: 50 Timeless Lessons For Leaders by Jo Owen

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CHAPTER 30

THE ART OF UNFAIR COMPETITION

The problem with a fair fight is that you might lose it. History shows that it is not the taking part that counts: it’s the winning. History is written by winners, not losers.

The Laikipia have a tradition that each new cohort of young men must prove their worth by killing a lion. This sounds like a true test of courage: taking on a lion in unarmed combat is the sort of fight which the lions enjoyed more than the Christians in ancient Rome. The Laikipia warriors may be brave, but they are not stupid. They kill their lion by approaching it unseen from downwind, and then they shoot it with a poisoned arrow before retreating to the nearest lion-proof tree. After a while, the lion dies from the poison. The ...

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