#ThursdayThought – The Respect Equation
Everyone wants it. Not everyone gets it.
How do you guarantee that you won’t get respect? Here are some proven ways:
- Being self-serving
- Having a critical spirit
- Not listening
- Being uncaring
If you desire respect, which is given, not commanded, you’ll need to keep in mind the following equation:
RESPECT = TRUST + KNOWLEDGE
If you have knowledge of your field, or are resourceful and know how to get others to innovate and engage in a common vision, you have the knowledge necessary to elicit respect.
And if your people trust you and know that you have their back, then respect will come naturally.
Your don;t have to have a great deal of knowledge or trust to start off with. Just enough genuine trust and basic knowledge is all that is needed for a foundation to be established.
However, once the foundation is laid down, then a great leader will continue to increase in knowledge and gaining trust of their people.
Respects grows when others know you are growing and have their best interest at hand.