The Art of Leadership was written based on the works of the Chinese classics that include the school of naturalism of Laozi (about 570 BC), Liezi (about 4th century BC), Zhuangzi (369-286 BC) and Huai Nanzi (about 2nd century BC), the school of humanism of Confucius (551-479 BC) and Mencius (372-289BC), the school of legalism of Xunzi (313-238 BC) and Han Feizi (280-233 BC), and finally the school...
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rianism of Mozi (479-381 BC). In addition, two strategic thinkers of the Chinese classics Sunzi (between 5th and 6th century BC) and Sun Bin (between 3rd and 4th century BC) were also included. A 3-level leadership model was proposed for the different levels of management. The study of leadership is both an art and a science. As the Chinese saying goes, “You can drag a cow to a river but you cannot make the cow voluntarily drink the river water.” In the study of leadership, ‘to drag a cow to the river’ can be considered a science – that is by putting a rope around the neck of a cow and physically dragging the cow to the river. However, ‘to make a cow voluntarily drink the river water’, is an art. Similarly, a leader can undergo different leadership development programs to hone his leadership skills (a scientific approach). “Leadership is not about just changing one’s own destiny; it is about changing the destiny of others.” On the other hand, to be wise is an art. It is through the acquisition of knowledge, particularly wisdom-related knowledge and continuous reflection on personal experience, that one can become wiser. Towards that, we can draw lessons from the wise sayings of the ancient Chinese philosophers. In defining leadership, Xunzi said, “The lord is the boat; his subjects the water. It is the water that sustains the boat, and it is the water that capsizes the boat.” (Book 9.4 of Xunzi, Knoblock, 1999) The Art of Ruler-ship begins a review of the Chinese 4,000 years of history (from Xia Dynasty to Qing Dynasty), there were more than 400 emperors. Although it is overly ambitious to condense 4,000 years of Chinese history into the study of a few rulers, the review hopes to contribute in one way or another to the study of current social psychology and modern leadership. The rulers under review in this book include: Yao, Shun and Yu; Emperor Qin Shi Huang: Emperor Of Gao Zu of Liu Bang; Emperor Wu Di of the Western Han Dynasty, Liu Che; Emperor Wu Di of Wei, Cao Cao; Emperor Li ShiMin of the Tang Dynasty; Emperor Cheng Zu of the Ming Dynasty, Zhu Di and Emperor Kangxi of the Qing Dynasty.