In his 2017 Global Leadership Summit opening talk, Bill Hybels listed out 10 Rules of Respect. These are great words for all leaders to live by. Here they are:
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.
Bill Hybels is the senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church, a church of more than 25,000 people across eight Chicago-area congregations. He founded The Global Leadership Summit with a commitment to develop and mentor leaders worldwide, now impacting 400,000+ leaders in 128+ countries. Hybels is the best-selling author of more than 20 books, including the video curriculum, Leading from Here to There: 5 Essential Skills.