20. These are six ways of courting defeat, which must be carefully noted by the general who has attained a responsible post.

凡此六者敗之道也將之至任不可不察也

Sun Tzu

There are six ways for a general or leader to cause their own defeat, and it is important for anyone in a position of responsibility to be aware of these pitfalls and avoid them. (1) neglect to estimate the enemy’s strength; (2) want of authority; (3) defective training; (4) unjustifiable anger; (5) non-observance of discipline; (6) failure to use picked men.

These are six ways of ensuring failure, which must be carefully understood by a person who has attained a leadership role.

There are six common mistakes that business leaders make that can lead to their own downfall, and it is important for anyone in a position of leadership to be aware of these pitfalls and take steps to avoid them. These mistakes include: (1) failing to accurately assess the competition; (2) lacking authority or control over their team; (3) inadequate training of employees; (4) letting anger or emotion cloud their judgement; (5) not enforcing rules and regulations; and (6) not utilizing the best talent on their team.”