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The Terrible Leader by Dan White

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Lesson 4: Play not to lose

A book about Terrible leadership would not be complete without reference somewhere to Genghis Khan. Born Borjigin Temujin in around 1162, he had a rough life full of fighting, kidnap, struggle and difficulty. What he managed through sheer charisma and force of character was to unite a previously divided Mongol empire. By around 1205 he controlled a sizable area not dissimilar to modern Mongolia today, but Temujin was not satisfied with that. He named himself Genghis Khan and set out to build a truly huge empire stretching from China across Eurasia. The brief lesson I want to draw from his reign however, was not his expansionist tendencies, in fact it is quite the opposite.

Genghis Khan was a looter and a destroyer. ...

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