Leadership advice

子張問「政」。子曰:「居之無倦,行之以忠。」
Zizhang asked about governance. Confucius said: “Execute the responsibilities of your office untiringly. Carry out your duties loyally.”

子曰:「博學於文,約之以禮,亦可以弗畔矣夫。」
Confucius said: “If you expand your learning through culture and keep your behavior in check with the rites you are unlikely to go wrong.”

子曰:「君子成人之美,不成人之惡。小人反是。」
Confucius said: “A leader brings out the good in people – not the bad. A petty person does exactly the opposite.”

Some useful leadership advice: if you set the right example to others and bring out the good in them, they will automatically follow you.

Chapter XV of Book 12 is an almost word-for-word copy of Chapter XXVIII of Book 6:

子曰:「君子博學於文,約之以禮,亦可以弗畔矣夫!」
Confucius said: “A leader expands their learning through culture and keeps their behavior in check through the rites; as a result, they are unlikely to go wrong.”

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