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メアリーの英語学習おすすめ本(3)What Leaders at Research Institutions Should Know: Art of War by Sun Tzu

by • July 16, 2014 • メアリーの英語学習おすすめ本Comments (0)2052

Hi everybody, My name is Mary. I am working as Science Editor and Trainer for Academic communication at Editage

I cannot say how many times I have returned to read the 6th-century Chinese classic, Art of War by Sun Tsu, also known as The Book of War: The Military Classic of the Far East, translated by Everad Gerguson Calthrop, in the Gutenberg.org collection: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/44024

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Especially, I recommend reading Chapter IV Qualities of a General. It begins, “The leader of the army is one who is master of both arms and letters.” This statement brings me to the topic of writing, as always. You see, arms that is, brute force, is not enough. The general must know his letters, in other words, he should be masterful in the art of communication.

Next, we have, “five matters which leaders must carefully consider: reason, preparation, determination, vigilance and simplicity.” Let us think about this in the here and now, in the writing of research reports. We have to think through our research problem, and then prepare the steps to take to carry out our research. We must put our heart into the work and be determined to carry out our work to the end; otherwise, someone else may answer the question before us. We also must be aware of what others are doing all the time. Finally, we should write simply and clearly to get our message across. Now considering all of these might just lead you to greatness as a primary author.

Now, in order to lead the troops, a general must have qualities of dignity, virtue, benevolence, and courage, Sun Tzu writes.  These “calm the multitude, put fear in the enemy, and remove doubts.”  The subject of ethics was alive and well in 6th century B.C. as it is now.

“If these four virtues be present, the country is strong; if they be not present, the country is overthrown. Of such is the good general.” I think this becomes apparent in the content of a research institution. These leadership qualities determine the fate of an entire institution. Where they are present, in all leaders, the institute flourishes, where they are missing, the institute falters, with tragedies potentially in the making.

 

 

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Mary Nishikawa/西川マリ
カクタス・コミュニケーションズ株式会社

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