What does the Tao say about leaders?

“When a ruler is silent on the subject of virtue,  the people are discouraged from practicing it. Meanwhile, a ruler who revels in riches encourages thievery. Value virtue over wealth, and the people’s hearts will be at rest. Wise rulers do not accumulate treasures,  but seek to quiet the hearts of their people.  They soothe the people’s appetites and strengthen their bones. They treasure innocence,  and protect the simple from the schemes of the clever. When a ruler practices restraint, everything will be in peace.” Chapter 3

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