Chapter 33

Chinese “Sheng Yi”: Reinterpreting Challenges for Leaders

Cheng Zhu

In This Chapter

  • How exemplary Chinese CEOs describe their leadership journey.
  • How top Chinese CEOs reinterpret crucible events for development.
  • A summary of key cultural, philosophical, and ideological influences on Chinese CEOs’ mindsets.


“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”

—Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

“Just as water retains no constant shape, in war there are no constant conditions. He who can modify his tactics according to the enemy’s situations shall be victorious and may be called the Divine Commander.” ...

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