Yesterday, in his 2017 Global Leadership Summit opening talk, Bill Hybels listed out “10 Rules of Respect” that every leader ought to exhibit in his or her life. As you read over the list do these three things:
(1) evaluate yourself,
(2) think through how you can implement these rules in your life and organization,
(3) commit yourself to abiding by these rules.
Here’s the list…
Rule #1: Leaders must set the example on how to differ with others without demonizing them.
Rule #2: Leaders must set the example of how to have spirited conversations without drawing blood.
Rule #3: Leaders must not interrupt others who are talking and must not dominate the conversation.
Rule #4: Leaders must set the example of limiting their volume levels and refusing to use incendiary or belittling words that guarantee to derail a discussion.
Rule #5: Leaders must set the example of being courteous in word and deed to everyone at every level.
Rule #6: Leaders must never stereotype.
Rule #7: Leaders must apologize immediately when they are wrong, instead of denying or doubling down.
Rule #8: Leaders must form opinions carefully and stay open-minded if better information comes along.
Rule #9: Leaders must set the example of showing up when they say they are going to show up and doing what they say they are going to do.
Rule #10: Leaders must set “Rules of Respect” for everyone in the organization and enforce them relentlessly.