We remember great leaders as those who have achieved great success. They likely were not successful all the time but they somehow learned along the way the best path to increasing the likelihood that their decisions and actions would be correct: in other words, they chose their strategy wisely. While technology has changed, the human psyche has not. The classic works on strategy still have a great deal to teach us when we are faced with critical strategic decisions of our own. On of the very best remains ‘The Art of War” by Sun Tzu.
Every leader charged with formulating strategy or making decisions in support of strategy should read this work. Thomas Cleary’s translation is particularly valuable because it includes insights on Sun Tzu’s work by Tzu’s contemporaries and includes great leadership lessons as well in the chapters on ‘The Way of the General’. This book belongs on every leaders bookshelf.