• When you don't respect your parents, no outsider, not even your spouse, will respect them either.
  • When you don't respect your spouse, no one, even including your own children, will respect them either.
  • When you don't respect your subordinates, no one from other departments, not even their subordinates or clients, will respect them either.
  • When you don't respect your compatriots, no other nationals will respect them either.

Is there an actual proverb or idiom or expression for the above quote?

closed as unclear what you're asking by Nigel J, Mari-Lou A, jimm101, Bread, Hot Licks Apr 4 '18 at 22:11

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    I think this needs some editing. – Nigel J Apr 3 '18 at 15:36
  • You call this a quote. Can you give the source for this quote, either the author and work, or a direct link? – Mitch Apr 3 '18 at 18:06
  • If you're looking for a common English proverb/idiom for this concept, I'm not aware of one. – Hot Licks Apr 4 '18 at 22:11

leading by example
setting a good example for others to follow

to act in a way that shows others how to act
Merriam-Webster Dictionary

set an example
Also,set a good or bad example. Behave in a way that should (or will) be imitated, as in Dad was always telling Bill to set a good example for his younger brother, or They were afraid of setting a bad example for the other nations.
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary

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