Tao of Leadership
For most of us, when we think of a leader, we will think of someone who commands, instructs, or even reprimands. His people would listen to what he has to say and follow his lead.
This is why when we hear Lao Tzu says that the best leader is one who follows, and that he’s so invisible that his people don’t even know that he exists, many of us find it intriguing.
If you, however, look deeply into it, then you’d understand why in fact the soft approach to leadership is a lot more powerful.
The best of leaders,
his people hardly know that he exists.
Next is the leader his people love and praise.
Next comes the one they fear.
Next comes the one they shame.
Nonchalant and reticent.
When work is done,
His people say, ‘We did it all but naturally!’
– Lao Tzu
Here are some articles on Tao leadership.
- Three Things to Learn in Tao Te Ching
- Too smart to be great – a leadership lesson
- Tao of Leadership
- How does Tao Te Ching define SUCCESS?
- Are you the true boss?
- How you can flow with nature
- Good leader listens
- How a Leader can Fail his People
- The best leaders are those the people hardly know exist
- What is ‘leading by following’?
- Tao leadership explained
- Clear mind
- Stoop to lead
- Let go
- Great leadership starts small
- Are You the Boss?
- “Known the Unknown?”
- Farming Tao of Leadership
- Simplicity Leadership
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