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.
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Table of Contents
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