The Art of Leadership: Contents

A very short summary of all parts

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What is leadership? Why is this important? How do you lead successfully? The Art of Leadership provides timeless answers to these eternal questions. It is a modern reading of Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching — a guide for leaders in ancient China. Kent Beck

A very short summary of all parts (2 min read)

How to make a difference (3 min read)

(6 min read)Guide to the unknown. Beyond labels. Beyond pressure and control. Purpose. Bellows. The valley spirit.

(5 min read)
Attending to people’s needs. Be like water. Accomplish and withdraw. Respectful intent. Emptiness brings usefulness. Belly over eyes. Beyond yourself.

(5 min read)
Beyond grasping. Beyond knowing. Return to the roots. We did it ourselves. Without purpose. Plain silk and uncarved wood.

(5 min read)
Dare to unlearn. Great effectiveness. Grasping the whole. Flow with purpose.

(7 min read)
Following purpose. Self-organisation. Balancing. Self-knowledge. Uncarved wood. Intent to control will fail. Avoiding pressure and control.

(5 min read)
A great victory is a funeral. Creeks and streams. Knowing yourself. Flow. A great vision. Subtle illumination. Transformed.

(7 min read)
Effectiveness. Wholeness. Returning. Square without corners. Shady and sunny. Water and stone.

(5 min read)
Knowing what is enough. Flawed perfection. Knowing that enough is enough. Succeed without pressure and control. Unlearning. Integrity is compassion and trust.

(5 min read)
Truly set on living. Integrity. Back to the beginning. Thieves’ purpose. Well planted, well embraced. The baby’s integrity.

(6 min read)
The original unity. Conditions for self-organisation. Living with change. Living sparingly. Cooking small fish. Lying low.

(6 min read)
True reward, true giving. Serve without interference. Minor changes, major consequences. Reaching great flow. Going lower.

(5 min read)
Compassion, frugality, modesty. Effectiveness without contending. Deploying without capabilities. Unprincipled knowing. To think you know. Feeling safe. Brave caution.

(8 min read)
Fearing death. Respecting life. Real strength. Balance. The softest succeeds. Harmonising hatred. Freedom. Learning beyond principles.

Explanations of key terms (24 min read)

Standing on the shoulders of giants (3 min read)

Where to learn more (4 min read)

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Executive and strategist who has successfully developed and deployed strategy for over 20 years in small, medium and large organizations.