However a great man conducts himself, common men will follow. Accordingly, whatever standards he sets by his actions, others will follow in his footsteps.
Bhagavad Gita - Chapter 3 - Karma Yoga - The Yoga of Action
O Arjuna, son of Pritha, I have no duty to perform whatsoever in the three worlds. I lack nothing nor do I need to gain anything yet I still engage in activities.
If I avoid activity then all men will follow in My footsteps and neglect their prescribed duties, O Partha.
If I do not act properly, then the general populace will be ruined and I will be the cause of unwanted progeny. In this way I will cause the destruction of all beings.
O descendent of Bharata, just as the ignorant are attached to their activities, similarly the wise must also work, but without attachment, for the welfare of all.
The wise should not disturb the minds of the ignorant who are attached to their selfish activities. Rather, remaining unattached and fully executing their duties, they should encourage the ignorant and engage them in pious activities.
All activities are performed by the modes of nature. But those who are deluded by the false identification of the body think, “I am the doer.”
Yet, O mighty-armed one, one who is a knower of the truth concerning action and the modes of material nature, understands that it is the modes interacting with one another and thus he remains unattached.
Those bewildered by the modes of material nature are engrossed in material activities conducted by those modes. The wise should not disturb the ignorant who are bereft of proper knowledge.
Completely surrendering all your activities unto Me, with your consciousness fully situated in the self, without any selfish motivation, without any sense of ownership, without grief – fight!