If leaders can be humane and just, sharing both the gains and the troubles of the people, then the troops will be loyal and naturally identify with the interests of the leadership. -The Art of War, Chapter 1: On Assessment.
There are many ways to look at this quote. In regards to IT security, this immediately made me think about one of the biggest frustrations that senior management can give us: being above the policies. It is highly frustrating when people in leadership positions try to be above the security measures put in place due to their station or ego.
Likewise, as IT professionals we sometimes do have certain liberties and access above and beyond some policies, especially in testing or lab environments or on assessment systems, but by and large we also need to try our darnedest to not be exceptions.