“Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime.” This is one of many famous quotes from the ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu. Born around 600 BC, Lao Tzu would go on to author the Tao Te Ching which outlines the spiritual philosophy of the Taoist tradition. The Tao Te Ching offers direction on going beyond the physical world and believes the qualities of humility, modesty, and simplicity are the ways to personal enlightenment. This ancient philosophy suggests the most effective leadership style is to lead from behind, not seeking power, but using methods of persuasion to keep people on track:
“Wise men don’t need to prove their point;
men who need to prove their point aren’t wise.
The Master has no possessions.
The more he does for others, the happier he is.
The more he gives to others, the wealthier he is.”