Daodejing quotes on leadership

The Daodejing is a rich source of leadership wisdom. Here is a collection of the most popular quotes on the subject from the text.

生之蓄之,生而不有,為而不恃,長而不宰,是謂玄德。
Bearing and nurturing;
Bearing without possessing;
Acting without taking credit;
Leading without dominating.
This is called mysterious virtue.

Daodejing
Chapter 10

太上,不知有之;其次,親而譽之;其次,畏之;其次,侮之;
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.

Daodejing
Chapter 17

信不足焉,有不信焉。悠兮其貴言。
Leaders who don’t trust their people enough won’t be trusted in return.
Wise ones choose their words carefully.

Daodejing
Chapter 17

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