The Benevolent Leader
A ruler who lacks understanding is a great oppressor, but he who hates covetousness will prolong his days.
Those who lead without understanding will lead by coercion. They will be easily intimidated and prone to anger. They will covet what that can only achieve by oppressing others. Therefore seek wisdom and as Proverbs 4:7 instructs, "And in all your getting, get understanding." Leaders with understanding never have to lead through intimidation or coercion. They lead by example and with understanding. They understand that not everyone has understanding. That is why they are the leaders. Those with understanding will always find their way to leadership positions. It is inevitable. If you find yourself oppressing others, either get understanding or humbly subordinate yourself to someone with understanding. Either will get you to a successful place in life. Obedient followers and benevolent leaders are both honorable positions.