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It's Not Your Rank, It's Where You Wear It

Posted by david on 30 August 2017 at 11:33 pm

Regard your soldiers as your children, and they will follow you into the deepest valleys; look on them as your own beloved sons, and they will stand by you even unto death.

- Sun Tzu

Most leaders today see their people as numbers or workers. Sun Tzu had a very different view of his people and that has had a profound impact on how I treat everyone I work with, whether I am their boss or not. Sun Tzu taught that leadership is a balance of multiplicity. Wisdom, ingenuity, planning, compassion, awareness, and many other attributes come together to make a great leader.

You have to be everything your followers need, some things they want, and nothing they don't need. Great leaders are loved for those truncated attributes. My motto as a leader has always been similar to the Sun Tzu quote above. My quote would be: "Not matter what rank I wear, it makes no difference to my troops. I wear my rank in your heart, not on my sleeve."

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