Leadership Coaching: The Golden Rule In Excellent Leadership
By Mike Krutza
Treat others in the same way that you want to be treated.
Where did the Golden Rule come from? Nobody can really tell. However, you will find that every belief system and religion advocates the credo. In the Bible, it is stated as "do unto others as you would have them do unto you". The Hindu Mahabarata affirms it as "Do not do to others what ye do not wish do to yourself". The Talmud says the rule as "what is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor". To the Muslim Hadith, it means "No one of you is a believer until you desire for another, that which you desire for yourself".
Obama cherishes marriage as an institution, just as millions of people do, and it is in a civil partnership wherein much of the legal and formal benefits of marriage are available. An inner question he must have wrestled with is that "if you deem marriage as an institution of value, why deny it to other people"? This is where the evolution of his perspective became understandable.
The Golden Rule, Right and Left
In gay marriage and across a wide range of policy issues, such as health care and the tax policy, Obama asked the same question. If low cost healthcare was afforded to Congress, it should be made available to low incomes, too. Then there's the Buffet rule which says that a CEO should be on the same tax rate as a lower paid worker which resonates the Golden Rule as well.
The Golden Rule applied in policies are neither taken by right or left issues exclusively, too. The benefits of a policy founded on the "rule" clearly help those in need, but it ought to be wary of fostering dependence. The same rule has to thus be taken into consideration- you don't want dependency for yourself, so therefore avoid it for others.
Why People Trust A Leader
The gist of the Golden Rule is empathy wherein you put yourself in the other person's shoes. It's a hallmark of emotional intelligence wherein one is able to connect with other people's feelings and sufferings. This ability and quality in a politician manifests in his sincerity and authenticity which people esteem and ultimately trust. The Golden Rule holds true in life as it does in politics.
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Jodi and Mike specialize in executive coaching with individuals and teams. http://lighthouse-leadership.com
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