Abu Yazeed on Leadership: If you have no manners, how can you lead?

Al-Ma’ruf reported: A man arrived in Bastam claiming the right of authority. Abu Yazeed went to meet him and he saw the man spitting in the direction of prayer (al-qiblah). Abu Yazeed said, “He does not have any manners taught by the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, or his tradition. How can he be given authority?”

Source: Shu’ab al-Imān 10414

عن المعروف قال حَضَرَ بِسْطَامَ رَجُلٌ ادَّعَى الْوَلايَةَ فَقَامَ أَبُو يَزِيدَ إِلَيْهِ وَزَارَهُ فَبَزَقَ الرَّجُلُ نَحْوَ الْقِبْلَةِ فَقَالَ أَبُو يَزِيدَ لا يُعْطِي أَدَبًا مِنْ آدَابِ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ وَسُنَّتِهِ كَيْفَ يُعْطَى الْوَلايَةَ

10414 شعب الإيمان للبيهقي السابع والسبعون من شعب الإيمان