Be the [boss, friend, employee, volunteer] you want to have.
I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. It’s really just a variation on treating others as you would want to be treated. Often our default mindset is to think about how something impacts us or what is in it for us, but let’s face it, this attitude only makes us miserable.
My work situation changed dramatically years ago when I took on the mindset of being the employee and support I would want to have. For example, instead of grumble about an assignment that probably wasn’t in my realm, I would take it on with enthusiasm, not begrudgingly. Instead of complaining about an unfair issue, I would brainstorm solutions before taking it to my boss... and with a good attitude, not a “can you believe this?!?” posture. When given the audience with senior leadership in my company, I did everything I could to support my boss and make her look good. This is what I would want my employees to do. When someone reached out to me for support in my area, I went out of my way to help and make it easy/less work for them, instead of making them jump through hoops to get what they needed. This is what I would want someone in a support area to do for me. I hear a lot of people say they are hesitant to take extra steps or elevate others because they fear being taken advantage of, but I haven’t found that to be the case at all. In fact, I feel I am getting more grace and support in return.
Same with being the boss, being a friend, being a volunteer at church or another organization...be the boss/friend/volunteer you would want to have. Put yourself in their shoes, and then act accordingly. It is such a win-win. Funny how Jesus is always right. 😀