Stoop to Lead
Who is more powerful between a leader and his people is a similar comparison as between rivers and seas and the hundreds of streams.
Rivers and seas are more powerful than streams. They are larger, deeper and stronger.
Power of rivers and seas, however, is derived from the streams. Without the water flown from the hundreds and thousands of streams, rivers and seas will not be what they are.
Rivers and seas can be powerful, because there are ready to receive.
Similarly, a leader is more powerful than his people, but his power is derived from his people. He needs his people to feed him with the energies. Otherwise, he has only his own resources to draw from.
Just like rivers and seas, a good leader must be ready to receive. To receive water from streams, rivers and seas stoop low.
To harness energy from his people, a leader positions lower as well, in order to receive he pays attention and listens. He follows, before he is followed.
You sow what you wish to reap.