The Ruler's Guide: China's Greatest Emperor and His Timeless Secrets of Success

The Ruler's Guide: China's Greatest Emperor and His Timeless Secrets of Success

by Chinghua Tang

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In the classic tradition of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War, here for the first time in English is the timeless wisdom of China’s greatest emperor Tang Taizong (598–649 AD), which is still being studied more than 1,300 years later as an invaluable guide to leading and managing.

Tang Taizong is arguably the greatest Emperor in Chinese history. In Asia, many historians rank him with such rulers as Augustus, Genghis Khan, and Napoleon. When he founded the Tang dynasty, Taizong was only twenty-eight years old, and his chief accomplishments were on the battlefield, where he personally slew 1,000 of the enemy. Ultimately, he would defeat the descendants of Attila the Hun, open up the Silk Road trading route, create a golden age of prosperity and cosmopolitan culture, preside over a society in which women enjoyed higher status, and allow Christianity and Islam into China for the first time as well as introduce Buddhism into Tibet. His dynasty would last 300 years.

Here, author Chinghua Tang presents conversations between Taizong and his gifted advisers that reveal core aspects of leadership, among them: how to appraise oneself and assess others, how to enhance organizational effectiveness, how to compete with rivals, how to grow power and influence without losing the respect of others, how to learn from the rise and fall of predecessors, and how to craft one’s legacy.

An indispensable guide that is as relevant for a middle-manager, military commander, or athletic coach as for a school principal, political leader, or over-stressed parent, The Ruler’s Guide doesn’t just reveal the insights that have kept Taizong’s legacy alive, it spells out how that wisdom is a match for today’s fast-paced, ever changing world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501138782
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 02/07/2017
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 176
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Chinghua Tang was born in Shanghai, where he studied at East China Normal University. He subsequently graduated from the London School of Economics and was the first Harvard MBA from the People’s Republic of China. He has worked at several asset management firms, including Barclays, and today runs his own management consulting firm, Concorde Universal Inc. He lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

I Conversations Between Tang Taizong and His Ministers

1 On Being Emperor 9

2 On Human Resources 17

3 On Moral Character and Talent 25

4 On Management 31

5 On Remonstrance 45

6 On Virtues 59

7 On the Art of War 67

8 On Crime and Punishment 79

9 On Frugality 91

10 On the Rise and Fall of an Empire 97

11 On Parenting and Educating the Next Generation 109

12 On Being Well Remembered 119

II The Amazing Life of Tang Taizong 129

Author's Note 159

Dynasties in Chinese History 161

Acknowledgments 163

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