BOOK 1 – CONSIDERATIONS AND ESTIMATIONS FOR WAR
The successful warlord does not put someone in charge of the warehouse if that person only cares about negotiating. Everyone should be content with their given tasks and in that manner they will perform admirably. You must praise and admonish your men with the same intensity and you must never play favorites. Anything you do that is not built on balance will eventually topple, causing you great grief.
Treat all of your staff as equals and permit each member of your staff to know they are special in their place. But do not let them think they are equal to you. If they realize they are not your equal they will not try to assume command, thereby undermining your efforts. See that your staff treats their subordinates in the same fashion as you treat yours.
The ideas presented to you follow a sensible order, and one must not be considered more important than another. If you prefer one idea to another then you will not be in control of the situation. Trying to determine an easy way to accomplish your goals will, in time, cause you to be defeated. A warlord must maintain personal balance in all affairs.
A warlord of worth must consider all of these matters with an enlightened mind and at the same time maintain full authority and conviction of purpose. Do not let your men participate in your times of meditation. Their interruptions will interfere with your thoughts causing a loss of focus on your goals.
If these matters are given due consideration by one who is astute, then victory is practically assured, notwithstanding the fates. If you will think in these terms and come to understand them, then you will also know if the orders you give are within reason or if they are demands that you yourself would not dare follow.
A warlord must appear to be all things to all men, but first he must be true to himself and not permit indecisiveness to rule his destiny. There can be no room for indecision and nothing less than full commitment to the ideal. These principles must be grounded in his heart. It must be expressed through his actions towards his men: they will know if his affection is real or false and they will act accordingly.
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