Leader, These 60 Sun Tzu Quotes to Win Your Team

Dear Future Leader, You Must Read These 60 Quotes From Sun Tzu to Win Your Team

Sun Tzu quotes about leadership, strategy, and victory become reference not only in military strategy but in our daily live.

Sun Tzu is a chinese military commander in chief who well known as a genius general and a philosopher.

Sun tzu’s book “The Art of War” is more than just a a military strategic book. That book give a specific change in chinese military also around the world.

Also as an awakening mindset to build the teamwork, manage the strategy, how to fight and be a good leader.

Here are 60 quotes From Sun Tzu that you can share with your team, co-workers or as an input for your leader, so your team will achieve the goal and achieve the victory.

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Sun Tzu Quotes to Win Your Team

Leader, These 60 Sun Tzu Quotes to Win Your Team

1. “Know yourself and you will win all battles”

2. In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity

3. “Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.”

4. “He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight.” 

5. “One mark of a great soldier is that he fight on his own terms or fights not at all.”

6. “Treat your men as you would your own beloved sons. And they will follow you into the deepest valley.”

7. “Quickness is the essence of the war.”

8. “So in war, the way is to avoid what is strong, and strike at what is weak.”

9. “If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.”

10. “Correct your mistake as soon as you have found it”

Leader, These 60 Sun Tzu Quotes to Win Your Team

11. “When the enemy is relaxed, make them toil. When full, starve them. When settled, make them move.” 

12. “Attack is the secret of defense; defense is the planning of an attack.”

13. “When one treats people with benevolence, justice, and righteoousness, and reposes confidence in them, the army will be united in mind and all will be happy to serve their leaders.”

14. “However desperate the situation and circumstances, don’t despair. When there is everything to fear, be unafraid. When surrounded by dangers, fear none of them. When without resources, depend on resourcefulness. When surprised, take the enemy by surprise.” 

15. “He will win who, prepared himself, waits to take the enemy unprepared.” 

16. “If quick, I survive. If not quick, I am lost. This is “death.”

17. “Ultimate excellence lies not in winning every battle, but in defeating the enemy without ever fighting.”

18. “Plan for what is difficult while it is easy, do what is great while it is small.”

19. “It is easy to love your friend, but sometimes the hardest lesson to learn is to love your enemy.”

20. “A leader leads by example not by force.”

Leader, These 60 Sun Tzu Quotes to Win Your Team

21. “If ignorant both of your enemy and yourself, you are certain to be in peril.”

22. “Do many calculations lead to victory, and few calculations to defeat.”

23. “Disorder came from order, fear came from courage, weakness came from strength.”

24. “Never venture, never win!”

25. “The worst calamities that befall an army arise from hesitation.”

26. “Rewards for good service should not be deferred a single day.”

27. “Leadership is a matter of intelligence, trustworthiness, humaneness, courage, and sternness.” 

28. “Be where your enemy is not.”

29. “Confront them with annihilation, and they will then survive; plunge them into a deadly situation, and they will then live. When people fall into danger, they are then able to strive for victory.”

30. “So the principles of warfare are: Do not depend on the enemy not coming, but depend on our readiness against him. Do not depend on the enemy not attacking, but depend on our position that cannot be attacked.”

Leader, These 60 Sun Tzu Quotes to Win Your Team

31. “Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.”

32. “There are five dangerous faults which may affect a general:
– Recklessness, which leads to destruction;
– cowardice, which leads to capture;
– a hasty temper, which can be provoked by insults;
– a delicacy of honor which is sensitive to shame;
–  over-solicitude for his men, which exposes him to worry and trouble.”

33. “Bravery without forethought, causes a man to fight blindly and desperately like a mad bull. Such an opponent, must not be encountered with brute force, but may be lured into an ambush and slain.”

34. “Weak leadership can wreck the soundest strategy.”

35. “It is the unemotional, reserved, calm, detached warrior who wins, not the hothead seeking vengeance and not the ambitious seeker of fortune.”

36. “Knowing the enemy enables you to take the offensive, knowing yourself enables you to stand on the defensive.”

37. “Concentrate your energy and hoard your strength.”

38. “He wins his battles by making no mistakes.” 

39. “There are not more than five primary colors  (blue, yellow,  red, white, and black), yet in combination they produce more hues than can ever been seen.”

40. Wheels of justice gind slow but grind fine

41. “In desperate position, you must fight.”

42. “Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.” 

43. “When the officers are too strong and the common soldiers too weak, the result is collapse.”

44.”Attack like the Fire and be still as the Mountain.”

45. “Those who win every battle are not really skillful – those who render others’ armies helpless without fighting are the best of all.” 

46. “Keep their friends close and their enemies closer.”

47. “Ponder and deliberate before you make a move.” 

48. “Danger has a bracing effect.”

49. “Attack the enemy’s strategy.”

50. “If you are near the enemy, make him believe you are far from him. If you are far from the enemy, make him believe you are now”

51. “You cannot know if you will be successful or not. You can only prepare for battle and it must be done with all of your heart and with all of your consciousness. In that manner, you will have an edge.”

52. “Thus the expert in battle moves the enemy, and is not moved by him.” 

53. “He will win who knows how to handle both superior and inferior forces.”

54. “To fight and conquer in all our battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting.”

55. “The art of giving orders is not to try to rectify the minor blunders and not to be swayed by petty doubts.” 

56. “Do not repeat the tactics which have gained you one victory, but let your methods be regulated by the infinite variety of circumstances.”

57. “Rapidity is the essence of war: take advantage of the enemy’s unreadiness, make your way by unexpected routes, and attack unguarded spots.”

58. “In war, then, let your great object be victory, not lengthy campaigns.”

59. “The successful person has unusual skill at dealing with conflict and ensuring the best outcome for all.”

60. “The successful person has unusual skill at dealing with conflict and ensuring the best outcome for all.”

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Sun tzu is well known as a someone with unique and efficient personality. Story told that he often took unusual strategy which never done before by other warlords.

During his periode, Sun Tzu contributed in East China war. No wonder, even after hundred years, we still look up into his legacy.