In Your Environments, Be Sure To Consider Following The Golden Rule To Start

Although the bulk of The Self 60 – Professional Development Mind/Set is numbered and not necessarily listed in rank order, the placement of “Practice the Golden Rule” at number 1 is absolutely intentional.

First and foremost, and above all things, The Golden Rule– “Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You”–says it all. This saying falls first on the list because if there were no other items on this list–no other suggestions or advice–as long as you treated others as you would like to be treated, your chances of gaining success in any endeavor are greater.

What you put out into your group, your team, your division, your organization, your relationships, and even with your clients, ripples through each of those environments and helps set the tone for the relationship going forward. The commitment to influencing the environment and setting the tone in a positive manner is one of the strongest foundations of leadership ability.

Doing Unto Others… (DUO) means not acting first and dealing with the consequences later but, instead, becoming aware of the manner in which you approach others, whether in or outside of your workplace—all your stakeholders.  Sometimes we act first and think later without considering what the repercussions would be to us, our opponent, and our organization. So, DUO is a focused and self-aware approach to one’s role in their surroundings.

So what are those things that should go both ways? What are those things that we should infuse into our interactions by which we would benefit if we received those same actions in return and from our environment overall?

As a matter of what should go both ways, some examples include respect, teaching, mentoring, support, and guidance, among other things.

Ask yourself:

  • What do I need from others to succeed?
  • Do I expect and benefit from others’:
    • professionalism?
    • courtesy?
    • respect?
    • sincerity?
    • genuineness?
    • support?
    • loyalty?
    • ability to teach?
    • investment?
    • commitment?
    • taking ownership of their work?
    • selflessness?
    • initiative?
    • ability to develop?
    • evolution?
    • integrity?
    • ambition?
    • motivation?
    • [you name it]?

One should not go through his or her career, employers, friends or acquaintances with expectations of taking others’ resources (listed above) alone. Whether it is a conscious or subconscious habit, solely benefiting from others’ shared resources and attitudes does not add value to either party or the combined effort of the parties.

Too often, the commitment goes only one way with certain parties not doing their part or providing their share of the work or growth. Without everyone putting in their fair and equal share, the full potential of the collective parties involved is not carried out and there is forgone growth in both productivity and success.

Always treat others with the same approach by which you would expect to be treated to be able to reach your full ability and success.

There needs to be that balance of effort across all participants because an imbalance or lopsided effort will only eventually weaken the stability of one’s organization, group, cause, or relationship.

Only taking or taking everything will not elevate you. Take a second and think about how unrealistic that would be.

So…What About You?

  • Do you make sure to put in as much as you get out?
  • When did you first become aware of the need to put in your fair share?
  • What disadvantages have you seen develop in environments where this balance among participants was absent?

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