Calm and at ease

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子曰:「君子坦蕩蕩,小人長戚戚。」
Confucius said: “A leader is calm and at ease; a petty person is always anxious and on edge.”

子溫而厲,威而不猛,恭而安。
Confucius was warm but stern; commanding but not overbearing; respectful but approachable.

Book 7 ends on a high note with these two famous lines. The quote by Confucius in Chapter XXXVI provides a pointed summary of what the sage himself saw as the fundamental characteristics that separate a leader of integrity from petty people.

The description of Confucius in the final chapter goes to on to add three more desirable yet equally as hard-to-come-by traits of a leader. How rare it is to be gentle yet strict, austere without being mean, and respectful toward the others while being comfortable with yourself!

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