The Daodejing is a rich source of leadership wisdom. Here is a collection of the most popular quotes on the subject from the text.
Bearing and nurturing;
Bearing without possessing;
Acting without taking credit;
Leading without dominating.
This is called mysterious virtue.
The best leaders are ones who are barely known by their people;
Then come ones who are loved and praised;
Then come ones who are feared;
Then come ones who are hated.
Leaders who don’t trust their people enough won’t be trusted in return.
Wise ones choose their words carefully.