Zain Khan Live ( Mohammed Abbasi ) – The Art of War is a Chinese military treatise dating from around 500BC . Compiled by Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu (“Master Sun”, also spelled Sunzi), is composed of 13 chapters.
Each chapter is devoted to an aspect of warfare and how that applies to military strategy and tactics.
The Art of War remains of this planets most influential ‘strategy for war’ text which has had a profound influence on military thinking, diplomacy, business and legal strategies.
First translated and published into French in 1772 (re-published in 1782) by the French Jesuit Jean Joseph Marie Amiot and a partial translation into English was attempted by British officer Everard Ferguson Calthrop in 1905 under the title The Book of War.
The first annotated English translation was completed and published by Lionel Giles in 1910.
Numerous military and political leaders such as the Chinese communist revolutionary Mao Zedong, Japanese daimyo Takeda Shingen, and American military general Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr. have drawn inspiration from the book.
The following fifteen ‘Leadership Pointers’ are helpful to those who wish to understand leadership in a simple way.
1. Use The Force (meaning lead gently):
- “The Commander stands for the virtues of wisdom, sincerity, benevolence, courage, and strictness.”
- “The consummate leader cultivates the moral law, and strictly adheres to method and discipline; thus it is in his power to control success.”
- “Hence in the wise leader’s plans, considerations of advantage and of disadvantage will be blended together.”WATCH: Zain Khan & Col (R) Anthony Shaffer | The Proxy War In Syria
2. Know The Enemy:
- “Hold out baits to entice the enemy. Feign disorder and crush him.’
- “If your opponent is of choleric temper, seek to irritate him. Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant.”
- “So in war, the way is to avoid what is strong and to strike at what is weak.“WATCH: Iran’s role in Syrian Civil War | Zain Khan & Matthew Brodsky
3. Don’t Act Out Of Fear:
- “If it is to your advantage, make a forward move; if not, stay where you are.”
- Hence the saying: If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”
- “The quality of decision is like the well-timed swoop of a falcon which enables it to strike and destroy its victim.”
4. Know Your Path And What You Are Aiming For:
- “The enlightened ruler lays his plans well ahead; the good general cultivates his resources.”
- “By altering his arrangements and changing his plans, he keeps the enemy without definite knowledge. By shifting his camp and taking circuitous routes, he prevents the enemy from anticipating his purpose.”
- “According as circumstances are favorable, one should modify one’s plans.”WATCH: Operation Olive Branch | Zain Khan & Bilal Sambur
5. Refuse To Act From Anger/Hatred:
- “No ruler should put troops into the field merely to gratify his own spleen; no general should fight a battle simply out of pique.”
- “Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting.”
- “Therefore the skillful leader subdues the enemy’s troops without any fighting; he captures their cities without laying siege to them; he overthrows their kingdom without lengthy operations in the field.”
6. Look Within The Mind/Perspective Of The Enemy:
- “He who knows things, and in fighting puts his knowledge into practice, will win his battles. He who knows them not, nor practices them, will surely be defeated.”
- “Carefully compare the opposing army with your own, so that you may know where strength is superabundant and where it is deficient.”
- “What enables the wise sovereign and the good general to strike and conquer, and achieve things beyond the reach of ordinary men, is foreknowledge.”
7. Make Use Of The Energies Of The Team:
- “The clever combatant looks to the effect of combined energy, and does not require too much from individuals. Hence his ability to pick out the right men and utilize combined energy.”
- “When he utilizes combined energy, his fighting men become as it were like unto rolling logs or stones. For it is the nature of a log or stone to remain motionless on level ground, and to move when on a slope; if four-cornered, to come to a standstill, but if round-shaped to go rolling down.”
- “If there is disturbance in the camp, the general’s authority is weak. If the banners and flags are shifted about, sedition is afoot. If the officers are angry, it means that the men are weary.”
8. Be The Leader
- “It is the business of a general to be quiet and thus ensure secrecy; upright and just, and thus maintain order.”
- “He must be able to mystify his officers and men by false reports and appearances, and thus keep them in total ignorance.”
- “Bestow rewards without regard to rule, issue orders without regard to previous arrangements; and you will be able to handle a whole army as though you had to do with but a single man.”CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE