Champion Leadership Tip #5 – Throw Out the “Golden Rule” & Lead With Platinum

The “Golden Rule” is a life philosophy taught to many young children in school, in families and in religious institutions. The “Golden Rule” states “do unto others as you would have done unto you.” Or more simply, “treat others as you would want to be treated.”

For general life skills the “Golden Rule” works very well. However, when leading others, or when trying to build a deeper relationship with others in any endeavor there is a higher level of interaction which many call “platinum.”

The “platinum” approach to leadership states, “do unto others as they want to be done unto.” This means leaders need to invest time to get to know the people they lead to understand what is most important to them.

When leaders know the people they lead well enough to know what is most important to them, and how they like to be led, leaders can adapt their style to get the most out of their team members.

The platinum approach to leadership is not a “one style fits all” leadership style, but offers a customized relationship that connects at a deeper level and allows for much greater results. This is because leaders can tap into the motivation strategies of the people they lead, and give them what they need most to be more consistently motivated and develop the skills necessary to achieve at a higher level.

A great example of this is my wife, who is a relatively private person and doesn’t like to have the spotlight shone on her. If she were recognized for an accomplishment on a stage in front of a large audience she would be extremely uncomfortable. But, get her in a one-on-one conversation and directly and specifically tell her to her face how she made a difference or how important she is to the organization she works for, it would light her up. The former would be demotivating and the latter would energize her. It’s important for her boss to understand her personality in this way to be able to get the most out of her in the most positive, supportive manner.

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