Principle 5: Competition is what happens in the absence of leadership
Competition in the market place brings choice to the consumer, without it perhaps we would have monopolies with bland products at sky high prices. If there was true, real leadership in place, that need not be so. Competition has traditionally been considered to be the primary driver for progress, the thought that "We want to be better than them". Yet most of the major developments throughout history come not from competition, but from collaboration. In competition the judgement of current status is based on comparison to the status of others who may have different objectives and principles and are on a different journey to ourselves.
Competition only becomes the primary driver in the absence of leadership, for with true leadership the thought "We want to be better than them" becomes simply "We want to be better". The strive for self driven improvement and excellence should be led from the front rather than a drive for improvement pushed (at best) from behind by others, or at worst being led by the nose by the leadership of others down their path rather than our own, for then we become followers.