What is the golden rule of fairness
As announced in my last blog article 3 weeks ago, I am currently working intensively on the topic of leadership, especially in the context of today's working world.
I am currently reading a whole range of specialist literature - including older works - and am constantly getting new impulses through this, but also through the exchange with other people who are close to the topic. Impulses that bring me back to a different aspect or focus on the topic of leadership and are not exactly useful in my studies. But what does target-oriented mean? That would mean that I am pursuing a very specific goal and that I haven't gotten any closer to it in the last few weeks. That is not true in this form. I just haven't decided yet what focus I want to focus on the really broad topic of leadership in today's working world.
But don't get bogged down here in the blog ...
Back to my actual topic ´Leadership in the context of the new working worlds´. What does leadership actually mean? At the medium-sized company I am currently working for, leadership is equated with the executives or the management. But that's only half the story. Sociology understands leadership to be a role that takes on influencing, coordinating, planning and controlling activities in groups and organizations. The purpose of leadership is to influence attitudes and behavior in order to achieve goals. In most organizations, executives are used for these activities, who are selected on the basis of their competencies - and what is meant here are leadership competencies.
However, each of us knows other situations, possibly also outside of work life, in which we followed someone because of their appearance, their eloquence and their behavior. Leadership arises in these constellations, or let's call them groups. If you have children or can still remember your childhood well, I won't tell you anything new that groups with children are always about leadership and belonging. Very nicely, because not yet adapted and unfiltered, the struggles for the "ranking" or better hierarchy can be observed there. Since it's not always fair with the children and as a father you always wonder where my children got this behavior from, we have been following the Golden Rule for some time now. This is also easy to understand for children and also includes an invitation to change perspective. It is:
"Treat others the way you want them to treat you."
This golden rule originally comes from Christianity and was passed down by Anglican Christians in 1615 AD as the golden rule. Similar, negatively or positively formulated memoranda or doctrines have been around since the 7th century BC. Passed down in religious and philosophical texts from China, India, Persia, Ancient Egypt and Greece. A negative form that is still widely used as a proverb in Germany is: "What you don't want someone to do to you, don't do it to anyone else."
The rule requires a change of perspective to apply and makes putting yourself into the position of those affected the starting point for future actions. So she is downright suitable to take care of the other in cooperation - regardless of age!
In this way, the Golden Rule can also serve as a useful basis for good leadership. It is the basis for fairness and thus ultimately for successful cooperation. Good, ethically-oriented leadership always sets the well-being of those being led, those involved and the organization as the goal of using power, while unethical leadership only serves to satisfy the manager's personal needs and goals.
This closes the circle to the required competence - precise leadership competence, which is required for this. It is about empathy as the essential social competence and indispensable tool for every manager.
Give it a try at your next team meeting, whether out loud or just for you in silence. In our new (and sometimes even classic) working environments, let yourself be guided by the golden rule that has existed for centuries "Treat others the way you want them to treat you.".
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