Title : THE ART OF WAR
Author : Sun Tzu
Year of Publication: 5th century BC
Genre: Treatise, Fiction, Inspirational Fiction
Publisher : Visit a Library / online
The Art of War is a widely read and interpreted book. Although Sun Tzu wrote this as a guide on how to win wars, teachings from this book can and have been adopted in the art of running an effective sports, politics or business organization.
Let your plans be as dark as night. Then strike like a thunderbolt.
Sun Tzu. 500 B.C
Lessons from The Art of War
Information Management is critical. According to Sun Tzu, leaders should retain the “big picture” to themselves but have subordinates achieve tasks that are critical towards reaching the “big picture”. By doing this, they are spared the embarrassment in case the major aim of the project if not met while maintaining high morale among lower members of the organization.
Leaders must be precise and clear when giving directions. Ambiguity serve no purpose in the pursuit of victory. Going on, there should be clearly stated repercussions for those who do not meet the expected aim of their assignments.
Force is over-rated, intellect wins battles. According to Sun Tzu, it is more important to outthink your enemy than to outfight him. Battles of any sort are costly. The wise leader knows that and only engages in them strategically.
Every war should have a defined purpose. This rule in recent years has been adhered to more by the business community than the armed forces. For instance, businesses engage in promotional campaign with the aim of attracting a certain clientele base. Unfortunately, the same can not be said of military actions in the last couple of decades. Case in point “war on terror”.
Ultimately, to subdue the enemy without fighting is the most effective form of war. Wars cost money and lives. So if the goals of war can be met without battle then, that is a preferable way.
In conclusion, individual teachings in The Art of War are strong but not infallible. However, if all the rules are understood and applied holistically, then success is the inevitable outcome.