The Tao of Leadership:
Guide on the Side or
Sage on the Stage
The Tao as Way
The Tao as way
The Leader as Sage
The Leader as Guide
Three great treasures
The tao that can be told
is not the eternal Tao
The name that can be named
is not the eternal Name.
The unnamable is the
Naming is the origin
Tao: The Way of all particular things.
Free from desire, you realize
Caught in desire, you see only
Ch. 1 Trans. Stephen Mitchell
The Tao doesn't take sides; it
gives birth to both good and evil.
The Master doesn't take sides;
she welcomes both saints and
The Tao is like a bellows:
it is empty yet infinitely capable.
Tao: The way The more you use it, the more it
the more you talk of it, the less
Hold on to the center.
Ch. 5 Trans. Stephen Mitchell
Giving birth and nourishing,
having without possessing,
acting with no expectations,
leading and not trying to control:
this is the supreme virtue.
Ch. 10 Trans. Stephen Mitchell
is one with the Tao
accepts and integrates opposites
does (is) more with less
“wanders” freely and easily
lives simply & acts spontaneously
expresses Te naturally
explores range and perspective
is free from a sense of self
I have just three things to teach: simplicity,
patience, compassion. The Sage as
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and in thoughts,
you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world.
Encouraging people and cultivating them;
The Sage as
Encouraging them without taking over;
Working but taking no credit;Leader
Leading but taking no control;
This is virtue: the mysterious Te.
Sound harmonizes with Silence.
And those ahead dance with those behind.
Knowing this, the sage embraces
Non-action in her daily life.
Her practice is a teaching without words.
She pays attention to things
As they come to her.
She does not turn away.