Gaining Respect: Show Respect

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“She just doesn’t RESPECT me.”

Have you had those words run through your mind after a meeting? Perhaps when someone who shouldn’t be delegating things to you just threw something else on your plate?

What even is respect? Respect is a feeling or understanding that someone or something is important, serious, good, valuable, etc., and should be treated in an appropriate way.

Gaining respect in the work place can be a tricky but key task in learning to leverage the relationships around you.

Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll talk through different strategies on how to work on gaining respect. The first step? GIVING respect to those you work with.

This may seem a little backwards, but it is amazing how showing respect or kindness to those you work can alter the conversations you’re having to an astonishing degree.

Over the next week, try out a couple tips below:

  • Really listen to what others have to say before expressing your thoughts. What does this actually look like? Try not to speak over or cut off another person. If you do, apologize, and try again.
  • Be attentive of your tone of voice, body language, or facial expressions in each of your interactions. Do you tend to speak a little faster or louder when you’re a little heated? Take a deep breath and try to scale it down.
  • Try to pick out the really important things to correct verses nit-picking or criticizing over little things. When you focus on so many little things it can wear on those around you and they feel less empowered to keep going!
  • Allow your teams ideas to be heard and possibly even implemented! Let them know when their ideas have been used or let them head up the implementation.

Give a little respect to those around you. It may be surprising how they start to give you a little more of the respect you were hoping for!

Try out these tips and let us know your best tips on respecting those you work with!

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