Tao Tuesday – Chapter 17

Every Tuesday, Amy Putkonin posts a chapter from her version of the Tao Te Ching on www.taotechingdaily.com and opens it up to comment by other bloggers. Thanks always to Amy for the chance to play along. 

Chapter 17

The best leaders are hardly known.

The second best leaders
are loved and honored.

The next level
is the feared leader.

Then there is the leader
that is despised.

A lack of trust in one’s own life
makes one untrusting.

The sage leads quietly indeed –
Accomplishing deeds in order that
the people will all say,
“We did it”.

This chapter reminds me of that old adage, about how if you raise the water, all the boats float higher.  This is a quality of good leadership. It isn’t about self-aggrandizement, or ego…but about lifting up everyone…including yourself.

One thing I’ve learned from Tarot is that we each are a leader. Few are public leaders, many of us lead to some extent or another within our work or family. All of us lead within ourselves…we are each the emperor of our inner kingdom. How do you lead? How would you lead if you want to do it differently?

The advice from the Tao Te Ching is to lead…in whatever capacity…by being the best, most authentic YOU that you can be. Lead by example. Lead by ruling that inner kingdom with wisdom and compassion. Lead by lifting. Raise the water level, not just dock your own boat.