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Four Areas to Note, Characteristics of Good General

 

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Chapter

Second part : 4 : 2

Observed lessons

  • Four vital points to note in warfare:
    1. Morale: One general, one army.
    2. Terrain: Used well, is a force amplifier.
    3. Affairs: Use spies. Sow discord. Create stress.
    4. Strength: Sound equipment. Skilled people.
  • The reputation, virtues, benevolence and courage of the general must be respected.
  • He must be able to scare the enemy and control his troops with his reputation and decisiveness.

Discussion

A good general is master of many disciplines, the first of which is leading soldiers. Creating morale is essential for this, as is being decisive in choosing the course of action, including under fire. They also need to be handle the slipperier side of war, including handling politics, deception, spying and so on.

See also

Leadership

 

http://www.chinese-wiki.com/Wu_Zi_Art_of_War

 

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