Leadership Solutions from Read Solutions Group: Confucius

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Confucius

My Chinese colleagues recommend a deeper study of Confucianism as a way of understanding some of the cross-cultural challenges of working in China. Confucius gave rulers clear behavioral guidance. A ruler should:

* learn self-discipline
* govern by example
* demonstrate benevolence (loving subordinates)
* demonstrate wisdom (knowing subordinates)

A ruler can then expect loyalty and support. As you manage those around you, do you follow the precepts of Confucius?

Leave a comment on your views about the role of Confucianism in management today.

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