Leadership attributes

Confucius said: “A leader takes rightness as his essence, practices it in conformity with the rites, enacts it with humility, and faithfully brings it to fruition. This is how a leader behaves.”

Confucius said: “A leader is distressed by his own lack of ability; he is never distressed at the failure of others to recognize him.”

Confucius said: “A leader hates the thought of leaving this world without having made a name for himself.”

Confucius said: “A leader makes demands on himself; a petty person makes demands on others.”

Confucius said: “A leader is proud without being contentious and sociable without taking sides.”

Confucius said: “A leader doesn’t promote someone simply because of what they say, nor does he dismiss what is said because of the person who said it.”

Chapters XVIII to XXIII of Book 15 provide a long list of attributes that a leader should possess.

Cogitate on them at your leisure.  They are still as relevant today as when they were written.

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