shàng liáng bù zhèng xià liáng wāi

If the upper beam is not straight, the lower ones will go aslant.;
A crooked stick will have a crooked shadow.;

上梁 shàng liáng=beam
Refers to a superior or elder:指上级或长辈。

This is an analogy about human behavior in that those in subordinate positions will follow the example set by their superiors.

Fish begins to stink at the head.;
If a leader sets a bad example, it will be followed by his subordinates.; When those above behave unworthily, those below will do the same.


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