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Steven Pressfield’s “Warrior Ethos” is a book, which provides apersonal translation of the role of combat, through the insight ofvarious military philosophies and traditions relative to the topic athand. The author takes the initiative to offer his examination ofwhat makes the warrior code. Currently, there are many approachesthat philosophies can define and interpret leadership, and itssignificance in the modern world. The emergence of new definitionsand approaches to leadership gets credit for broadening the forms andarguments, on many subjects that influence all aspects of life(Pressfield, 2011). The paper provides an analysis of leadershipphilosophy through the review of Steven Pressfield’s “WarriorEthos”

Do we fight by a Code? If so, what is it?

Pressfield explains that, combat and military action is inevitableas seen in the ancient and modern world. The author makes referenceof several civilizations such as the Spartans and the Romans.Moreover, he uses cultures in religions such as Hinduism, which offerteaching on codes, which correct inner challenges /demons through theBhagavad Gita. Notably, one does not have to understand thisparticular code. However, by learning about various civilizations,religions, and traditions, one can use this knowledge to findsolutions to conquer negative situations internally and externally(Pressfield, 2011).

History dictates that, different warriors share the same qualitiesof leadership, principle regarding success, and resilience needed towin. Once an individual understands the meaning of the unspoken code,he or she can use it to conquer the most difficult adversities thatthey face throughout their lives. Therefore, we all fight by a code.However the code is not specific, and can only become evident byunderstanding how to apply various winning practices when dealingwith mental, emotional, and physical challenges (UnitedStates, 2009).&nbsp

What Warrior Ethos

The term warrior describes a person who fights or defends hisor her community, sovereignty, freedom, honor, and principles againstan opponent who threatens its existence. Ethos is culture,philosophy, or explanation of a certain notion or meaning in acommunity, era, and situation. Hence, warrior ethos refers to thedifferent philosophies of warfare that fighters use to defeat theirenemies. To understand warrior ethos, one has to understand that afight is not primarily physical. In most cases, fights often refer toa mental difficulty/ challenge, which serve as a setback in our lives(Pressfield, 2011).

Where did it Come from, what Form does it Take Today

It is difficult to determine the exact location of the originof the warrior ethos. However, the book explains that the ethos getsinspiration of battles in the ancient civilizations. One of thecivilizations, which the author uses, is the Spartan establishment.The Spartans get credit for displaying some of the strongestsoldiers, fighters, and warriors in history. The city-state islocated in ancient Greece during (431-404) BC (Roberts, 2013). At thetime, young boys dedicated their lives by training and learningdifferent forms of armory with the intention of serving the statethrough the military. Over the years, different civilizations such asthe Roman civilization, Phoenicians, Egyptian civilizations developedtheir own rendition of warfare due to the rising need of strongarmies. Armies were vital in defending the honor and sovereignty oftheir city-states. As such, most forms of leadership get theirinspiration from strong nations, which invented the art of warfare(UnitedStates, 2009).&nbsp

Presently, it takes a different form because of the emergence ofdifferent cultures, system of governance, and mindsets. Mostcountries tend to discourage war in their regions. However, theyinvest a significant amount of funding on establishing strongmilitary forces, which can serve and defend their countries.Pressfield also explains that warrior ethos does not only refer toactual wars. People experience their own form of warfare, wherebythey face challenges and adversities in their personal lives,educational, and work life. The main objective for individuals insuch situations is to overcome their challenges. This meansdeveloping an appropriate mindset for solving mental, physical, andemotional battles in their lives. This also touches on their internaland external lives (Roberts, 2013).

How do we (and can we) use it and be True to it in our Internaland External Lives

All people can use warrior ethos to be true to their internal andexternal life. For example, when faced with challenging times of aninternal or external nature, individuals can use different techniquessuch as mental relaxation, digging dip into emotions, attaining awinning spirit, and meditating, in order to advance their internaland external lives. Adversities can be from within or from an outsideenvironment. One has to understand how balancing the two situationsresults in overall success (Pressfield, 2011).


In conclusion, the book analyses the evolution of the warrior code ofhonor and mental toughness. The read appeals to leaders of differentsocieties, environments, and establishments who face differentdilemmas and challenges on a daily basis. The warrior code of honoris an unspoken code, which examines the evolution of warfare over theyears. In this case, present societies borrow techniques andpractices from the oldest establishments known to man. The code cantranslate to different aspects of life. Hence, people can achievemental toughness by learning how to approach different situations,which prove to be mentally challenging (Roberts, 2013).


Pressfield, S. (2011).The warrior Ethos. Black IrishEntertainment LLC. Los Angeles. Print.

Roberts, J. (2013). Olympus Rises: Book One of the Code of War.Volume One of the Code of War. Print.

UnitedStates. (2009).&nbspU.S.Army warrior ethos and combat skills handbook.New York: Lyons Press. Print.

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