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The Golden Rule of Leadership – Rich’s Rule # 1

May 20, 2014

Rich's Rules TitlecardLead by Example is the “Golden Rule” of leadership. Over the past 28 years I’ve asked countless numbers of leaders to participate in a communication exercise where the individual stands in front of the group and shares his or her leadership philosophy in two minutes or less.  Participants must come up with a title for their philosophy, give a brief statement that further explains their tenet, and then tell a story about someone who taught them a lesson that illuminates their philosophy.

Hands down, Lead by Example is the philosophy that most participants choose as their own approach to leadership.

Example is part of your image and legacy

All of the students who selected Lead by Example as their philosophy readily came up with stories about people who influenced them.  Some of the influences were good influences – people who demonstrated dedication, hard work, people skills, caring, etc.  But, some of the influences were negative examples of work ethic, communication skills, empathy or commitment.  Either way, the individual learned how they wanted to be – or not be – as a leader.  How do you want to be remembered by those you impact as a leader?

For this reason, Lead by Example is Rich’s Rule # 1.

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2 Comments
  1. I am not positive the place you’re getting your information, but great topic.
    I must spend some time finding out more or figuring out more.
    Thanks for wonderful information I used to be searching for
    this info for my mission.

    • My information comes from the following…I’ve provided leadership communication training for organizations for 26 years. In one of the training exercises I ask participants to name and explain their leadership philosophy. Most of the time participants choose “Lead By Example.”

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