Throughout our childhood, we are taught by our parents to always follow the Golden Rule, which is to “treat others the way you want to be treated.” While this is a good rule of thumb to live by, it may not completely work for leaders. If you are a leader who is in charge of multiple people, it’s probably not a good idea to treat everyone the way YOU want to be treated. Being that everyone is different in how they perceive things, what you think is appropriate might not be echoed by someone else’s thoughts. This should be kept in mind, as it is your job as a leader to build good relationships with your subordinates.
So, instead of “treating everyone the way you want to be treated,” leaders should adapt the new Golden Rule, which is to “treat everyone the way THEY want to be treated.” This entails you as the leader to get to know your employees and understand how they may react to certain things you do. This will require some effort on your part, but the payoff is well worth it in the end. When you treat employees the way they want to be treated, they see that you value them as your employees and made the effort to get to know them and understand their personalities.
The key to adopting the new Golden Rule is to learn to listen to your employees. By taking the time to listen to your employees, you are making a conscious effort to understand them as not only your employees, but also as people. Whether you realize it or not, your efforts are definitely appreciated. The leaders’ job in the organization is to drive positive results. In order to do so, they must properly utilize the resources they have at their disposal. The most important resource a leader could have at their disposal is people. So why not invest some time in your employees and understand them? It will probably pay dividends in the long run.
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