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Mastering Leadership with Zhu Ge Liang's Timeless Wisdom: Overcoming the Eight Abuses of Power

Updated: Apr 27, 2023

As a feng shui master and leadership consultant, I have had the privilege of guiding many clients on their journey to personal and professional success. One of the most powerful resources I draw upon is the ancient Chinese wisdom of Zhu Ge Liang's Art of War (诸葛亮兵法). Today, we will explore the Eight Abuses of Power (将弊) and learn how to overcome them to become a truly respected and effective leader.

  • Conquering Boundless Greed (无度之贪)

Greed with no limits is a dangerous trap for any leader. Be aware of your desires and ambitions and strive for balance, ensuring that your pursuit of wealth and success does not come at the expense of others.

  • Overcoming Jealousy of the Worthy (嫉贤疾能)

Jealousy is a natural human emotion, but it has no place in leadership. Celebrate and support the achievements of others, and work together to create a harmonious and successful environment.

  • Evading the Ego Trap (阿谀逢迎)

Favouring those who feed your ego can lead to a distorted view of reality. Seek honest feedback and surround yourself with people who challenge and support your growth.

  • Embracing Self-Awareness (自知之明)

Being critical of others is easy, but true leadership involves reflecting on your own abilities and recognizing areas for improvement. Embrace self-awareness and strive for continuous growth.

  • Taking Responsibility (担当责任)

A leader must be willing to make decisions and take responsibility for their consequences. Develop the courage to stand by your choices and learn from your experiences.

  • Moderating Indulgences (节制饮食)

Overindulging in alcohol or other vices can impair judgment and compromise your ability to lead effectively. Practice moderation to maintain a clear mind and steady presence.

  • Rejecting Spinelessness (刚直不阿)

Spineless, crafty behaviour may help you avoid confrontation, but it will ultimately erode trust and respect. Embody integrity, honesty, and fairness in all your actions.

  • Cultivating Manners (礼仪之道)

A lack of manners can undermine your credibility as a leader. Show respect and appreciation for others, and lead by example through your actions and behaviour.

Becoming a Leader Worthy of Respect

Reflect upon these guiding questions:

Who am I competing with?

Is my conduct worthy of respect?

As you work to overcome the Eight Abuses of Power, you will transform into a leader who inspires admiration and trust.

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At my practice, I use Ba Zi and Feng Shui to provide my clients with a comprehensive assessment of their lives. I take into account the unique energies of a person’s home and surroundings, as well as the energies of the environment and the person’s own destiny. With these insights, I am able to offer my clients assistance to help them reach their goals, and improve their lives.

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