Sun Tzu, Clausewitz and Machiavelli on Leadership
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This paper examines the political theories of Machiavelli, Clausewitz, and Sun Tzu with respect to leadership, finding that all three of these philsophers believed that sound leadership requires knoweldge and flexilbity. The paper discusses how Sun Tzu said that knowing one's enemy was the key to victory, Clausewitz saw it in flexibility in the face of the chaos of war and Machiavelli in the ability to ciscern the faithful from the flatterer.
From the Paper:"Sun Tzu, Machiavelli, and Clausewitz are different in some ways. Sun Tzu is the earliest strategic thinker to come down to us. Machiavelli wrote during the Italian Renaissance. Clausewitz is considered to be the father of modern military thinking. For all of their differences, their assessments of leadership have much in common. Perhaps most critically, they insist that leadership must be knowing and flexible. Sun Tzu makes knowledge critical to his advice: "Know the enemy and know yourself; in a hundred battles you will never be in peril." By contrast, Sun Tzu emphasized the importance and value of deceiving one's enemies:..."
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