Armed with Sun Zi's art of war to achieve success

Author Soo Kok Leng signing his book, Think Wits Wins: How To Use Sun Zi's Art Of War For Success, at The Straits Times Book Club session at National Library. He says that in an enterprise, the leader's Dao - "The Way of Moral Authority" - is manifes
Author Soo Kok Leng signing his book, Think Wits Wins: How To Use Sun Zi's Art Of War For Success, at The Straits Times Book Club session at National Library. He says that in an enterprise, the leader's Dao - "The Way of Moral Authority" - is manifested in his leadership style and behaviour, which results in how he rallies and aligns the people towards one common cause or direction. He says that it is not the cause per se but the ability of the leader to rally his people behind it.ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR

This is an edited excerpt from the book, Think Wits Wins: How To Use Sun Zi's Art Of War For Success, by Soo Kok Leng. This excerpt dwells on the concept of Dao 道 as the way of moral authority.

The "Way" (Dao, 道) refers to the ability to rally the people together with the leadership, to an extent that they are willing to follow their leaders in life and death, and would not fear.

团结就是力量 meaning "Unity is strength", is an age-old Chinese adage. In many ways, this has been echoed throughout human history.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 01, 2019, with the headline 'Armed with Sun Zi's art of war to achieve success'. Print Edition | Subscribe