When Emperor Yao (2356 – 2255 BC) was ruling China, he appointed people according to their capabilities and merits, in order to better rule the country. At that time,
At that time, there were Xi brothers, and He brothers. Yao asked them to teach people to farm properly according to the seasons. He assigned Xi Zhong to the east, and in charge of the spring farming; he assigned Xi Shu to the south, and in charge of the summer farming; he assigned He Zhong to the west, and in charge of the fall farming; he assigned He Shu to the north, and in charge of the winter farming. He further visited the people who were in charge of the different areas to look for talents. People recommended Shun (later Shun the Great) to him, and he made Yao the prime minister. Later he gave his position to Shun.
Yao didn’t do many concrete things himself. But everyone is doing the things they are best at, and the country was growing fast. It shows that although there can be only one person held accountable for everything, there should be many people working together to build a great country. Even if it was a great person like Yao or Shun, they would need great helpers and could not make it by themselves.