25. Regard your soldiers as your children, and they will follow you into the
deepest valleys; look upon them as your own beloved sons, and they will stand by
you even unto death.
bond between a parent
and their children is very strong. 'Blood is thicker than water' as
the saying goes. The greatest bond is where people would willingly
die for one another.
A bond this strong will mean your people will trust
you and follow you anywhere. It also means you must actively care
Businesses that build bonds with their employees
engender fierce loyalty, encourage additional work levels and cut
the many costs of attrition.
|26. If, however, you are indulgent, but unable to make your authority felt;
kind-hearted, but unable to enforce your commands; and incapable, moreover, of
quelling disorder: then your soldiers must be likened to spoilt children; they
are useless for any practical purpose.
||Parents, having no
practice at the art, often spoil their children by giving them too
much. Spoilt children petulantly expect to be
given what they want without responsibilities nor earning their
The best way of parenting and the best way of leading soldiers is
both to love them and to set high expectations that they will
responsibly seek to achieve the best they can.