Dao De Jing – Chapter 66
If the sage would guide the people, he must serve with humility.
If he would lead them, he must follow behind.
In this way when the sage rules, the people will not feel oppressed;
When he stands before them, they will not be harmed.
The whole world will support him and will not tire of him.
Because he does not compete,
He does not meet competition.
The attitudes you hold in relation to those to whom you are accountable tend to shape the attitudes held toward you by others. That’s not to say that you are the root cause of every ill spirit directed your way, but it is worth taking an honest look at yourself to make sure you didn’t have it coming to you.
If anything, leadership provides those who rise to the occasion with regular opportunities to refine.