This Principle Changes Every Relationship You Have

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It's a simple principle, but oh, so important to remember.

It's a principle true in leadership and life.

When you don't remember it, you fail to get the results you expect as a leader, and people are frustrated with your leadership.

But the same is true in so many other relationships.

Here's the principle. Write this one down.

People only know what they know.

It's unfair to hold an employee accountable for something they never knew.

You can't expect your spouse to remember things you never told him or her.

It's hard to be disappointed no one comforted you in your pain if they didn't know you were hurting.

Your child can't live up to a standard you never set.

People only know what they know.

And the solution is simple. If you want them to know—don't assume they do—tell them.

Who are you holding to an expectation you've never shared with them?

Listen as Dr. Steve Greene teaches how to restore that broken relationship in your life.

Ron Edmondson is the CEO of Leadership Network. Previously, he was a pastor, revitalizing two churches and planting two churches. He loves assisting pastors and those in ministry in thinking through leadership, strategy and life.

This article originally appeared at ronedmondson.com.

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