The best piece of advice I have been given came from Jesus by way of my mother. “The Golden Rule” she called it. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
Is it any wonder that Jesus was such a great leader?
When it comes to modern day leadership, you could make the case that the late Steve Jobs (Founder of Apple) intuitively built his computer company on a version of this principle.
On designing the Mac, Jobs once said, “We think the Mac will sell zillions, but we didn’t build the Mac for anybody else. We built it for ourselves. We were the group of people who were going to judge whether it was great or not. We weren’t going to go out and do market research. We just wanted to build the best thing we could build. When you’re a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you’re not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will ever see it. You’ll know it’s there, so you’re going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back. For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through.”
If you want to build a great company I suggest you build something you would want to buy, not something you can sell.
Focus on carrying the quality “all the way through” and you might become legendary as a teacher, coach, mill worker, lawyer, baseball scout, furniture builder, musician, pastor, or stay at home mom.
Treat your craft, your relationships, and your work like you would like for someone in your shoes to treat them.
It’s called living by the golden rule. It worked for Jesus and my mom. It will work for you.
Randy is an author, speaker, executive coach, and the CEO of InteGREAT Leadership. He invests his time encouraging leaders around the world.