Five Skills And Four Desires of Generalship
There are five skills and four desires involved in generalship. The five skills are:
- skill in knowing the disposition and power of enemies,
- skill in knowing the ways to advance and withdraw,
- skill in knowing how empty or how full countries are,
- skill in knowing nature’s timing and human affairs, and
- skill in knowing the features of terrain.
The four desires are:
- desire for the extraordinary and unexpected in strategy,
- desire for thoroughness in security,
- desire for calm among the masses, and
- desire for unity of hearts and minds.