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Strategy Power Plays: Winning Business Ideas from the World's Greatest Strategic Minds by Karen Mccreadie, Tim Phillips

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27 AVOID THE FIVE FAULTS OF LEADERSHIP

For Master Sun, there are five dangerous faults of a general: ‘… recklessness, which leads to destruction; cowardice, which leads to capture; a hasty temper which can be provoked by insults; a delicacy of honour which is sensitive to shame; over-solicitude for his men, which exposes him to worry and trouble’.

DEFINING IDEA…

‘Form the habit of makingdecisions when your spirit isfresh… to let dark moods leadis like choosing cowards tocommand armies.’

~ CHARLES HORTON COOLEY,SOCIOLOGIST

Individually these aspects are not necessarily fatal, although it depends on the magnitude. Take for example Nick Leeson and Barings Bank. Slice it whatever way you want to, but Leeson was reckless and it did lead to ...

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