Three Essentials of Leadership by Master Fushan Yuan
May 21st, 2019
Master Fushan Yuan said:
There are three essentials to leadership: humanity, clarity, and courage.
Humanely practicing the virtues of the Way promotes the influence of the teaching, pacifies those in both high and low positions, and delights those who pass by.
Someone with clarity follows proper behavior and just duty, recognizes what is safe and what is dangerous, examines people to see whether they are wise or foolish, and distinguishes right and wrong.
The courageous see things through to their conclusion, settling them without doubt. They get rid of whatever is wrong or false.
Humanity without clarity is like having a field but not plowing it. Clarity without courage is like having sprouts but not weeding. Courage without humanity is like knowing how to reap but not how to sow.
When all three of these are present, the community thrives. When one is lacking, the community deteriorates. When two are lacking the community is in peril, and when there is not one of the three, the way of leadership is in ruins.
Master Fushan Yuan’s letter to Master Jingyin Tai, translated by Thomas Cleary
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