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FEATURE Golden Rule is Cornerstone of Ethical Leadership By: Rhonda Caldwell, CAE KASA Deputy Director f we had only one rule in this company, it would be the golden rule. If we’ve got that one right, no other rules are necessary.” – James Blanchard Like most I learned the golden rule from my parents—the Rev. James “I and Martha Lynn. While I can’t be entirely sure the first time I heard “Do unto others…,” I know it was at an early age. The golden rule is one of the fundamentals I learned in kindergarten—share, play fair, be kind, clean up your own mess, say you’re sorry, don’t call names and don’t tell lies. Little did I know this rule would play a significant role in shaping my personal code of ethics and leadership. The golden rule, also referred to as the rule of reciprocity, has a long history. As a little girl, I was certain my parents invented this rule to ensure I was kind to my older sister. Later, I learned it was biblical, and only recently did I discover Confucius and Aristotle both are known for their version of the golden rule: Confucius (500 BC) – “What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.” Aristotle (325 BC) – “We should behave to others as we wish them to behave to us.” Jesus (30 AD) – “As ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.” “The KASA code should be respected and its spirit be the measure of professional obligation for all school administrators.” 10 • Kentucky School Leader Spring | Summer 2013 1976 Governance Committee Members Edward Cline, Jefferson Co. Schools (chairperson) George Coker, Warren Co. Schools Frank List, Daviess Co. Schools Kay T. Gevedon, Ashland Ind. Schools William T. Reiley, Dayton Ind. Schools Don Sparks, Mayfield Ind. Schools http://www.naylornetwork.com/kys-nxt

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Kentucky School Leader - Spring/Summer 2013

Note from the Editor
Smart Decisions and Techno-fear: Evaluating Equity, Cyber-Bullying and Awareness
The Code of Ethics Turns 18
Golden Rule is Cornerstone of Ethical Leadership
Use of Restraint and Seclusion in Public Schools
President's View: Feedback for Teachers Inside and Out of the Classroom
Diapers to Diplomas: A Marriage of Career Readiness and Early Childhood Development
From the Executive Director's Desk: The Shifting Landscape of Education Law
Advertiser Index

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