The Art of War

By Sun Tzu
110 Pages

Buy the Book

To my knowledge, this book was first published in 1772, but the lessons in this writing were cultivated between 2000 and 2500 years ago in China. To me, this is a “must read” for any aspiring leader.

The language may be difficult at times and the situations may seem dated, however, the psychology of competing and winning in an honorable way is remarkably captured. And, while some people may find the war analogy a bit strong for business, this book offers “battle-hardened” and time-tested insights into the behavior of people under pressure that can be useful to any and all leaders. In my case, I encountered this book when I was at Nabisco in the early 1990s and it was recommended to me by my CEO, H. John Greeniaus. I have referred to it ever since.

– D. R. Conant

What People Are Saying

Doug stands out as a high performance CEO who is also a people builder. He demonstrates that one can get outstanding results while also being a good human being”
Fred Hassan
Partner, Warburg Pincus; Former Chairman & CEO, Schering Plough Corp & Pharmacia
Doug Conant is a rare combination — someone who thinks like a leader and leads like a thinker. When he talks, not only does the C-suite listen, but they also take notes.”
Dan Pink
Author, To Sell Is Human; Author, Drive
Douglas Conant's keynote presentation and insights were of enormous value in preparing our members to assume the CEO role in their companies. He practices what he preaches.”
Kendall Crolius
President, G100 Next Generation Leadership

Get Informed via Your Inbox

Sign up below to receive periodic email updates from ConantLeadership

We don't spam.