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Lao Tzu and Kong Fuzi

“A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.” – Lao Tzu

The more I study Taoism the more parallels I see between Lao Tzu’s thoughts on leadership and my thoughts on community management. My ideas about the value of a “behind the scenes” approach to community building are obviously not new.

Before completion, things are unfinished.
Before straightening, the path bends.

Before filling comes emptiness.
Before renewal comes use.

Before opportunity comes limitation.
Before burden comes too much to choose.

In this way…
The Master perceives a whole world of non-division.

Not looking for something,
his vision is clear.

Not striving after ideals,
his path is free.

Not aiming at gratification,
he finds success.

Not admiring the success,
he goes further.

So far as nothing is opposed, opposition can’t be met.