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While we hope your office doesn't resemble a battlefield, there are few landscapes that require the strength of leadership quite like a war zone. Leaders on the battlefield must have well-communicated strategies, strong positioning and unrelenting trust in their team in order to execute their missions.

While the scenarios in your office may not be life or death, there is certainly a lot at stake, from the satisfaction of your customers to the overall success of the company. As a leader, these responsibilities rely heavily on your management skills. With that in mind, we invite you to take a couple minutes to travel back in time for a few valuable leadership lessons from war heroes of the past.

"When it comes to leadership, loyalty begets loyalty."

General Sun Tzu
Forbes contributor Eric Jackson took a couple pages (31 to be exact) out of the book of Chinese military war leader and strategist General Sun Tzu. Jackson offers up 31 of General Tzu's top tips for great leadership in his article. Since every tip reads like an ancient war poem, we decided to decipher some of the highlights for you:

"Treat your men as you would your own beloved sons. And they will follow you into the deepest valley."

  • General Tzu gets at an important aspect of leadership and the influence you can have on your employees. Loyalty begets loyalty. When members of your staff can feel the respect and gratitude you have for their efforts, their quality of work will reflect that appreciation. Treating your staff like family may not always be appropriate, but when the situation lends itself to this type of interaction, it can do wonders for communication and relationship-building among you and your staff. 

"There are not more than five musical notes, yet the combinations of these five give rise to more melodies than can ever be heard."

  • Put in less lyrical terms, this bit of advice translates into quality over quantity. While producing a good amount of product is obviously important, numbers cannot make up for product standards. Good leaders recognizes the value of fostering good business relationships with clients by allowing their staff to have ample time and room to present them with the best product possible. Looked at through another lens, this tip can also apply to staff. One good employee is more valuable than five mediocre staff members. Recognize the value of your employees and be vocal about it – the ability and willingness to openly communicate praise is a key component of good leadership.

"You have to believe in yourself."

  • Perhaps the most literal of General Tzu's tips, this leadership lesson simply comes down to having faith, not only in yourself but also in your product and your company. When a leader is open and passionate about his or her faith in what the company has to offer, that same conviction can trickle down to employees at every level.

"The key to any successful business lies in consistent persistence."

Winston Churchill
Marketing Manager for B2B John Walters created a list of 13 important military quotes for business leaders for LinkedIn Pulse. Winston Churchill is one of two military officers to be referenced twice. His leadership advice revolved around persistence and optimism when dealing with challenges and successes.

"Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential."

  • The key to any successful business lies in consistent persistence. A strong leader never settles for what the company has done but rather looks to the future of what the company can do. Using your personal power as a leader to help your company recognize the utility of persistence in achieving far-reaching goals is a great way to motivate employees and align their work efforts with the overarching aspirations you have for your company. Be relentless in your pursuit of improvements for your company and your staff will surely follow.

"The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."

  • As a leader, you should recognize when your employees feel frustrated by certain road bumps and attempt to inspire a new optimistic outlook. Approach as many company issues as you can with a positive attitude. This kind of behavior can become infectious. Churchill suggested that there is potential for a bright outlook in the worst of scenarios; communicate this potential to your employees instead of letting them dwell on the negatives of a given situation.

"An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile – hoping it will eat him last."

  • While this quote did not make Walter's list, it is an often cited quote from Churchill. The leadership lesson? Leaders are responsible for making the tough decisions. There is little room for fickle leadership in a successful business. Leaders must learn to make cuts, criticisms and overall difficult choices for the betterment of the company. While this type of management may not always be greeted with smiles of encouragement, in the long run the resulting respect from your employees will prove invaluable. Make decisions others can't, be bold and show that while you are a fair business leader, you also aren't willing to let your company and its products be anything short of excellent.