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Monday, August 17, 2009

Leadership Principle #1 - Golden Rule Leadership

Golden Rule Leadership

As you develop your leadership style, think about the way you want people to speak of you as a leader. What things will be written about your leadership style?

Adopting the principle of "Golden Rule Leadership" helps insure a win-win for everybody. It's pretty simple – Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Not just when it is convenient.

Think about how you like to be treated and then treat others in that same way. Everyone deserves respect, certainly in the beginning. Everyone deserves the chance to be heard; listened to.

When you make a promise or commitment, keep it. When you make a mistake or are wrong, admit it and apologize. This is something that seems to have been lost in our culture. It only takes a handful of people to make a difference, though. Be part of that change!

Make it a point to make a difference in as many lives as you can each and every day. A simple, sincere compliment can truly change a life. When you shake someone's hand, be fully engaged in that person and look them in the eye. Make them feel important to you through your actions.

Give more than you expect to receive. Give whether or not it means a financial payout for you. You will reap the rewards many times over.

When faced with a challenging situation, ask yourself, how can the Golden Rule fit into this? What would that rule dictate for the solution? Often, this will quickly reveal a solution that is a win-win for everyone.

This leadership principle was taken from the Mary Kay Ash principles taught in the book, The Mary Kay Way.

EXPECT Success!

Jackie Ulmer

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