2020 Presidential Candidate Pete Buttigieg

We all had driver’s training, one way or the other, so we know the normal driving rules of the road. And our parents tried to raise us to have acceptable behavior in public. But did you ever think about going above and beyond in our interactions with others? Trying to exemplify the best behavior for the best positive impact on society in all we do? 

Politicians are stereotypically crass and calculating and focused on the results—getting elected. I say stereotypically because it is just that, a broad generalization that blanket blames a group of people for the infidelities of the minority. It is hard to overcome in our perceptions, but there was one person in our recent election cycle who tried to stand out. He developed a list of principles that he wanted his team to exhibit and live out for all to see. His name was Pete Buttigieg, former presidential candidate and now Secretary of Transportation, and he called his list (appropriately) the Rules of the Road.

I would like to share his 10 Rules now and let them percolate in your brain. Then, over the next week or so I would like to delve into each one and share how I think they are applicable for us in our daily lives.

Secretary Pete’s Rules of the Road are:

  • Respect 
  • Belonging 
  • Truth
  • Teamwork 
  • Boldness 
  • Responsibility 
  • Substance 
  • Discipline 
  • Excellence 
  • Joy 

Taken together they envision a capable, caring, connection and commitment to not just slide by in life, but to excel and elevate the conversation and the work that we do so that we can leave this world a better place and help people be the best they can be. A better tomorrow for all of us. I hope you will come with me as I explore these in greater depth in future posts.

Photo by Dori Chronicles