A Philosophical Analysis of “Leading by Example” in the Analects 12: 17-19 This philosophical study will analyze how the Analects define how leading by example defines the rule of law in relation to those being governed by a leader/governor. In the discussion between Kongzi and Ji Kangzi, the important examples of leadership that reflect the wisdom of good governing involve lessening one’s own desires as a leader, which will be seen as an example to teach the people not to steal. When one governs ‘correctly’ then the moral and ethical high standard set by one’s own values is a natural way to lead in the highest manner. My argument is that these passages brought forth by the Analects provide an inner ethical vision of “leading by example”...The end:
..... and living with limited desires, the ethical ruler can quell dissent and unlawful behavior by himself being an example of order and lawful lifestyles. By knowing how to prevent robbery by not being a robber himself, the leader can commit his people to act according to the law. Also, if the leader follows the Way, then his people will also follow this ageless wisdom and the need to force them to follow these mandates will not be needed. In these ways, it is vital that the leader treat others like he himself expects to be treated by leading by the example that he sets through his own personality and code of conduct. References: Analects. (Customer please fill in bibliography and citations above, I only received a copy of the text as a file).