Since 1932, service organization Rotary International has promoted the Rotary Four Way Test for Rotarians to use in both personal and professional situations. I recently received an email from a colleague that contained the elegant four-question guide as part of his on-going signature panel, and was struck by the power of using this as a guidepost.

The Rotary Four Way Test
Of the things we think, say and do…

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  3. Will it build GOOD WILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Think of how much better our world would be if everyone asked themselves these questions before taking action or engaging with others. You don’t have to be a Rotarian to follow these principles. Let the power of these 24 words guide your behavior today and all the days ahead.

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

Dr. beth triplett is the owner of leadership dots, offering coaching, training and consulting for new supervisors. She also shares daily lessons on her leadershipdots blog. Her work is based on the leadership dots philosophy that change happens through the intentional connecting of small steps in the short term to the big picture in the long term.

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