Non-western Leadership Theories LO25386

From: Presser, Dennis (
Date: 09/28/00

Replying to LO25379 --

Two books come immediately to my mind:

Sun Tzu's *The Art of War* (Please don't let the title put you off; it is a
Taoist "way" of leadership).
Mayamoto Mushashi's *Book of Five Rings*

I am less familiar with Gandhi's writings (my military background, I guess),
but he was a leader who is worth studying.
Buddhist philosophy tends to be more action-oriented that a lot of
westerners think, but I'm not familiar with the "leadership" part, except to
live with integrity.
You might also want to check out some aikido books:
Thomas Crum's *The Magic of Conflict*,
Terry Dobson's *Giving in to Get Your Way*,
Mitsugi Saotome's *Aikido and the Harmony of Nature*,
Kisshomaru Ueshiba's *The Spirit of Aikido*,
Gaku Homma's *Aikido for Life*

Hope this helps.


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