The Way Of A Leader
The Governing Principles of Ancient China - Qunshu Zhiyao 360
Be Averse to Slanderous and Malevolent Advice
If we make judgment lightly before all facts have been taken into consideration, what is right or wrong will no longer be clear, and the customs of making false accusations and engaging in flowery rhetoric will soon become fashionable.
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Rare indeed is a leader who will not favor his admirers. Little does he know that his admirers are not deserving of his unquestioning trust. When a leader is charmed by these scheming ministers and refuses to dismiss them, he will overlook ministers who may oppose his wishes but nonetheless be truly helpful to his government. In the end, the right people will not be appointed to the right positions.
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