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  1. Leadership

  2. Initiative / Leadership

  3. Leadership / Ability to Lead

  4. The Confident Helmsman Inspires Confidence in the Passengers

  5. Hou De Zai Wu

  6. Art of War: 5 Points of Analysis


lǐng dǎo
Leadership Scroll

領導 is the Chinese word for "Leadership".

It contains the ideas of "to lead", "to direct", "to conduct" and "to guide". Putting a wall scroll with this word on your wall suggests that you are honing your leadership skills or hold a position of leadership.

Initiative / Leadership

jī jí
shudou
Initiative / Leadership Scroll

In Chinese, this word means "to take the initiative".

In Japanese and Korean, the meaning varies slightly to a meaning that leans more toward "leadership" (as in one who is leading a group or organization).

Leadership / Ability to Lead

shidouryoku
Leadership / Ability to Lead Scroll

指導力 is the Japanese word for "Leadership".

This refers to the ability to lead (or with certain adjectives added, the lack of ability to lead).

The Confident Helmsman Inspires Confidence in the Passengers

bǎ tuò de bù huāng chéng chuán de wěn dang
The Confident Helmsman Inspires Confidence in the Passengers Scroll

This Chinese proverb literally translates as: [If the] helmsman is not nervous, the passengers [will feel] secure.

Figuratively, this means: If the leader appears confident, his/her followers will gain confidence also.

把舵的不慌乘船的穩當 is a great suggestion that a confident leader inspires confidence in his/her troops or followers. Of course, a nervous leader will create fear in troops or followers.

Hou De Zai Wu

hòu dé zài wù
Hou De Zai Wu Scroll

This Chinese proverb means, "With great virtue, one can take charge of the world."

Known sometimes by the romanization Hou De Zai Wu, this famous phrase suggests that being ethical is the bridge to leadership. I wish our world leaders followed this.

Art of War: 5 Points of Analysis

dào tiān dì jiàng fǎ
dou ten chi shou hou
Art of War: 5 Points of Analysis Scroll

The first chapter of Sun Tzu's Art of War lists five key points to analyzing your situation.

It reads like a 5-part military proverb. Sun Tzu says that to sharpen your skills, you must plan. To plan well, you must know your situation. Therefore, you must consider and discuss the following:

1. Philosophy and Politics: Make sure your way or your policy is agreeable among all of your troops (and the citizens of your kingdom as well). For when your soldiers believe in you and your way, they will follow you to their deaths without hesitation, and will not question your orders.

2. Heaven/Sky: Consider climate / weather. This can also mean to consider whether God is smiling on you. In the modern military, this could be waiting for clear skies so that you can have air support for an amphibious landing.

3. Ground/Earth: Consider the terrain in which the battle will take place. This includes analyzing defensible positions, exit routes, and using varying elevation to your advantage. When you plan an ambush, you must know your terrain, and the best location from which to stage that ambush. This knowledge will also help you avoid being ambushed, as you will know where the likely places in which to expect an ambush from your enemy.

4. Leadership: This applies to you as the general, and also to your lieutenants. A leader should be smart and be able to develop good strategies. Leaders should keep their word, and if they break a promise, they should punish themselves as harshly as they would punish subordinates. Leaders should be benevolent to their troops, with almost a fatherly love for them. Leaders must have the ability to make brave and fast decisions. Leaders must have steadfast principles.

5. [Military] Methods: This can also mean laws, rules, principles, model, or system. You must have an efficient organization in place to manage both your troops and supplies. In the modern military, this would be a combination of how your unit is organized, and your SOP (Standard Operating Procedure).


Notes: This is a simplistic translation and explanation. Much more is suggested in the actual text of the Art of War (Bing Fa). It would take a lot of study to master all of these aspects. In fact, these five characters can be compared to the modern military acronyms such as BAMCIS or SMEAC.

CJK notes: I have included the Japanese and Korean pronunciations but in Chinese, Korean and Japanese, this does not make a typical phrase (with subject, verb, and object) it is a list that only someone familiar with Sun Tzu’s writings would understand.


The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Leadership領導
领导
lǐng dǎo / ling3 dao3 / ling dao / lingdaoling tao / lingtao
Initiative
Leadership
主動
主动
shudou / shudojī jí / ji1 ji2 / ji ji / jijichi chi / chichi
Leadership
Ability to Lead
指導力
指导力
shidouryoku
shidoryoku
The Confident Helmsman Inspires Confidence in the Passengers把舵的不慌乘船的穩當
把舵的不慌乘船的稳当
bǎ tuò de bù huāng chéng chuán de wěn dang
ba3 tuo4 de bu4 huang1 cheng2 chuan2 de wen3 dang
ba tuo de bu huang cheng chuan de wen dang
pa t`o te pu huang ch`eng ch`uan te wen tang
pa to te pu huang cheng chuan te wen tang
Hou De Zai Wu厚德載物
厚德载物
hòu dé zài wù
hou4 de2 zai4 wu4
hou de zai wu
houdezaiwu
hou te tsai wu
houtetsaiwu
Art of War: 5 Points of Analysis道天地將法
道天地将法
dou ten chi shou hou
doutenchishouhou
do ten chi sho ho
dotenchishoho
dào tiān dì jiàng fǎ
dao4 tian1 di4 jiang4 fa3
dao tian di jiang fa
daotiandijiangfa
tao t`ien ti chiang fa
taotientichiangfa
tao tien ti chiang fa
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.


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