The correct manner

子曰:「苟正其身矣,於從政乎何有?不能正其身,如正人何?」
Confucius said: “If you behave in the correct manner, what difficulties will you meet when in government service? If you are unable to behave in the correct manner, how can you possibly make sure that others behave in the correct manner?”

The sentiment of this passage is almost exactly the same as in Chapter XVII of Book 12 and Chapter VI of Book 13, though it refers to ministers and officials in government service (從政/cóngzhèng) rather than an actual ruler.

For a state to function smoothly, leadership by example has to be implemented at all levels of government.

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