Rules need to apply to those who make them

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Brian Kight

Credibility in a leadership role begins with living the standards you create for the people you lead. It’s a simple and universal rule for anyone with authority: rules need to apply to those who make them.

If you ask others to pay a price, you have to share the cost. If you require others to make a sacrifice, you have to give something up. If you want others to be open-minded, you have to open your mind. It makes you credible, keeps you grounded, requires your involvement, and prevents you from expecting from others what you’re unwilling to do yourself.

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