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The Tao of Leadership: Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching Adapted for a New Age Paperback – 19 Apr 1986


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  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Green Dragon Publishing Group (19 April 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0893340790
  • ISBN-13: 978-0893340797
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 365,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Head Coach on 5 Aug. 2003
Format: Paperback
Lao Tzu's book is very old and represents the early Taoist thinking which was part of what led to Zen Buddhism. It has been translated by dozens of different people and this version by John Heider is my favourite.
It's a source of timeless learning about leadership and how to deal with other people in an enlightened way. It's presented in a way which is more accessible to westerners than some of the more "poetic" interpretations but you have to be in the right frame of mind to take the learning on board.
It's a great source of ideas for dipping into and it contains some real insight into human beings and organisations.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Dec. 2001
Format: Paperback
This book has Taoist outlooks applied to various aspects associated with leadership. The format of the book sees it written in short,concise and poetic 'Chapters' (rarely more than 1 page each) and this lends itself to people, like myself, who like to dip in and out of subject matter like this. It allows you to read a chapter, leave it for a while and then return once you have worked it round your head. Not the best read in the world but a great book to invoke your own thoughts on the subject being discussed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Morris TOP 100 REVIEWER on 24 Aug. 2012
Format: Paperback
The value and impact of leadership can be measured in many different ways. Two of the most common approaches focus on who a leader is, and, on what a leader achieves. In my opinion, books that focus on authentic, values-driven leadership are part of a tradition that can be traced back to Lao Tzu and his classic, Tao Te Ching, whereas books that focus on high-impact, results-driven leadership are part of a tradition that can be traced back to Sun Tzu and his classic, The Art of War.

As John Heider explains in the Introduction to this volume, Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching "is one of China's best loved books of wisdom. It was originally addressed to the sage and to the wise political rulers of the fifth century B.C." Lao Tzu's book is "simple and makes sense. But even more important, is the fact that Tau Te Ching persuasively unites leadership skills and the leader's way of life: our work is our path." Here is my personal favorite among many passages in a work that offers timeless wisdom for each new age:

"Learn from the people
Plan with the people
Begin with what they have
Build on what they know
Of the best leaders
When the task is accomplished
The people will remark
We have done it ourselves."

The wisdom of these observations is relevant to our own age, especially given the unique challenges leaders now face. For example, how to increase and nourish positive and productive employee engagement at all levels and in all areas? How to develop and then sustain a culture of mutual respect and trust between and among everyone involved?

Heider suggests that Lao Tzu focuses on three separate but interdependent topics:

1. Natural law (how things happen)
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By Pete Burden on 30 Nov. 2014
Format: Paperback
An absolutely brilliant translation - well perhaps more of a paraphrasing, but if you like the Tao Te Ching and want to be able to apply these timeless teachings in the modern era this book is for you.

Written in plain English it really explains Taoist philosophy, and later chapters show how to apply the approach in groups.

So it is practical and concrete in our every-day lives as well as giving a generally applicable model for life.
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