The Art of Leadership: Sources
Where to learn more
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. “Purpose is a surer path to productivity than pressure. Pressure keeps knocking you off the path. Purpose keeps bringing you back onto the path” Kent Beck (All Parts; Other reading and viewing formats).
Bungay, Stephen P. The Art of Action: How Leaders Close the Gaps BetweenPlans, Actions and Results, 2011.
Chan, Alan. “Laozi”, The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2018.
Chen Guying. Lao-tzu: Text, Notes, and Comments. Translated by Rhett Y. W. Young and Roger T. Ames, 1977.
Echevarria II, Antulio J. Military Strategy. A Very Short Introduction, 2017.
Freedman, Lawrence. Strategy. A History, 2013.
Freeman, R. Edward. Strategic Management: A Stakeholder Approach, 1984.
Goh, Zhen. “Cynefin & …”, Snowden & Friends Cynefin — Weaving Sense-Making into the Fabric of Our World, 2021.
Hansen, Chad. A Daoist Theory of Chinese Thought, 1992.
Hansen, Chad. “Daoism”, The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2020.
Jullien, François. A Treatise on Efficacy — Between Western and Chinese Thinking. Translated by Janet Lloyd, 2004.
Karlgren, Bernhard. Notes on Lao-Tse in Bulletin of the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, Volume 47, 1975.
Lao Tzu. The Way and Its Power: Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching and Its Place in Chinese Thought. Translated by Arthur Waley, 1934.
Lao Tzu. The Tao of Power: Lao Tzu’s Classic Guide to Leadership, Influence, and Excellence. A new translation of the Tao Te Ching by R. L. Wing, 1986.
Lao Tzu. Tao Te Ching: The Classic Book of Integrity and the Way. A new translation by Victor H. Mair based on the recently discovered Ma-wang-tui manuscripts, 1990.
Lao Tzu. Tao Te Ching — A Books about the Way and the Power of the Way. A new English version by Ursula K. Le Guin with the collaboration of Jerome P. Seaton, 2011.
Meadows, Donella H. Thinking in Systems: A Primer, 2008.
Nonaka, Ikurjiro, and Zhu, Zhichang. Pragmatic Strategy: Eastern Wisdom, Global Success, 2012.
Senge, Peter M. The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of the Learning Organization, 2006.
Tufte, Edward R. Seeing with Fresh Eyes: Meaning Space Data Truth, 2020.
Yuen, Derek M. C. Deciphering Sun Tzu — How to Read the Art of War, 2014.
The Art of Leadership: All Parts
- Sections 1–6: Purpose
- Sections 7–13: Attending to needs
- Sections 14–19: We did it ourselves
- Sections 20–24: Grasping the whole
- Sections 25–30: Self-organisation
- Sections 31–37: Knowing yourself
- Sections 38–43: Effectiveness
- Sections 44–49: What is enough?
- Sections 50–55: Integrity
- Sections 56–61: Living with change
- Sections 62–66: Serving without interference
- Sections 67–73: Effectiveness without contending
- Sections 74–81: Balancing
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