Below please find 5 ways to get respect. In business and in life, it matters how much people value and respect your opinions. If you are in a leadership position, it is especially important to earn the respect of your peers and those with whom you work with. However, we know that respect is earned, not just given.
Unfortunately, there are only two basic ways to get respect. One is through FEAR – the other is through LOVE. Do you really want people to fear you? Most police get respect through fear, but are not liked. Gangsters and often times “bullies” get respect through fear as well.
The type of leaders in business and in life who get the greatest respect among millions of people are those who are like and loved. Consider all the prophets through history who have a huge following of people. These prophets are loved and most people follow out of their love for them. Most healthy minded children who respect their loving parents will usually not do the things that are not approved by their parents. These children who admire their parents will do things for the admiration of their parents.
One key factor in the level of your success as a leader will be your level of respectability. If you can gain the respect of your peers, you can go much further as a team. Below are 5 ways to help get respect in the workplace and in life.
- You Must Be Authentic to Get Respect.
People respect people who are authentic and truthful. People who are not afraid to tell the truth about their skillsets, their limitations, and admit their faults will gain more trust and respect from their peers. This shows that you are not afraid to feel vulnerable because you are secure with yourself. In a world where people are full of insecurities, if you can be the one who is secure and authentic, you will be respected.
- You Must Be Kind.
Be polite to everyone you meet. This is a great way to build your social skills and your empathy skills. Be kind to everyone you see at work, at the grocery store, at the soccer game, or wherever you may be. A person who is kind is a person who is ALSO respected.
- You Must Be a Good Listener.
If you want to earn or get respect, listen to what people have to say. True leaders will listen open-mindedly to the ideas, problems, and solutions to the things that are happening in the workplace. By simply listening to others will gain you respect. Do not interrupt people when they are giving you their opinion. Count to three before you start talking again.
- Don’t Play the Blame Game or Give Excuses for Your Failures.
Remember that your responsibility as a leader is to take on the responsibility of failures that may happen. Leaders don’t make excuses, they simply learn from a mistake and change the course of the plan.
- Be Open to Change. Do not be closed minded.
Remove your “ego” and humble yourself. Sometimes a change will be needed in your business or your life and you must be open to that change. A stubborn attitude will not get you the respect of your peers. Great leaders know that while the goal is the most important, flexibility in the approach is key. If you are open to change and making adjustments, people will see you as respectable.
These simple 5 tips can get you the respect of the people you interact with on a daily basis. Keep them in mind and be sure to practice them. Earning the respect of others will open up many new doors and lead to a much more successful life.
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