I recently finished reading Zhuge Liang's "Mastering the Art of War" and in the book, he lists the types of generals there are. He lists nine types of generals in this section. Why I mention this is that I was wondering who (you think) in the era would best personify these generals or who would fall under these descriptions? Being able to witness some of the greatest people of his time, surely Kongming was, even for the slightest bit, influenced when he was writing this or found officers who resemble his list.
So without further ado, I'll list the nine types of generals:
1) Those who guide with virtue, who treat all equally with courtesy, who know when the troops are cold and hungry, and who notice when they are weary and pained, are called humanistic generals.
2) Those who do not try to avoid any task, who are not influenced by profit, who would die with honour before living in disgrace, are called dutiful generals.
3) Those who are not arrogant because of their high status, who do not make much of their victories, who are wise but can humble themselves, who are strong but can be tolerant, are called courteous generals.
4) Those whose extraordinary shifts are unfathomable, whose movements and responses are multifaceted, who turn disaster into fortune and seize victory from the jaws of danger, are called clever generals.
5) Those who give rich rewards for going ahead and have strict penalties for retreating, whose rewards are given right away and whose penalties are the same for all ranks, even the highest, are called trustworthy generals.
6) Those who go on foot or on a war-horse, with the mettle to take on a hundred men, who are skilled in the use of close-range weapons, swords, and spears, are called infantry generals.
7) Those who face dizzying heights and cross the dangerous defiles, who can shoot at a gallop as if in flight, who are in the vanguard when advancing and in the rear when withdrawing, are called cavalry generals.
8) Those who mettle makes the armies tremble and who determination makes light of powerful enemies, who are hesitant to engage in petty fights while courageous in the midst of major battles, are called fierce generals.
9) Those who consider themselves lacking when they see the wise, who go along with good advice like following a current, who are magnanimous yet able to be firm, who are uncomplicated yet have many strategies, are called great generals.
Soweneul Malhaebwa (Tell me your wish).