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A theme that threads throughout is that of invisible leadership. Leadership is found one where one would least expect.
From verse 17:
Unworthy rulers are despised.
Common rules are feared by their subjects.
Good rules win the affection and praise of their subjects.
But when great rulers lead,
the people are hardly aware of their existence.
How carefully wise rulers choose their words;
how simple are their actions.
Under such a government,
the people think they are ruling themselves.
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If rulers treat the people in this same way-
neither too soft nor too hard-
they are worthy to be trusted with authority.
From verse 10, which is about leading without force:
Because wise rulers love the people,
they lead without using force.
In measuring out rewards,
wise rulers act like mother birds.
While seeing into every corner,
they are unobtrusive.
While protecting the people,
they do not control them.
They are motherly and fatherly,
but not domineering.
They persuade with words, not weapons.
This is their crowning virtue
From verse 8 about goodness:
True goodness is like water;
it nurtures everything and harms nothing.
Like water, it ever seeks the lowest place,
the place that all others avoid.
…For a dwelling it chooses the quiet meadow;
for a heart the circling eddy.
…Because it is always peaceable,
it soothes and refreshes.
From verse 28 about knowing yourself:
Those who know both their strengths and their
become models worth following.
Being worthy models,
their vitality will not fail them-
they will radiate simplicity.
wise rules inspire others to follow their path.
Such is the making of a great administration.
Source: Tao Te Ching: The Book of the Way by Lao Tzu