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How to Earn Respect From Your Employees

Updated on October 6, 2012
People don’t follow others by accident. They follow individuals whose leadership they respect.
People don’t follow others by accident. They follow individuals whose leadership they respect. | Source

People don’t follow others by accident. They follow individuals whose leadership they respect.

The less skilled follow the more highly skilled and gifted. When any group of people gets together for the first time and starts interacting, the leaders in the group immediately begin taking charge. They think in terms of direction they desire to go and who they want to take with them. At first, people may make tentative moves in several directions, but after people get to know one another, it doesn't take long for them to recognize who the stronger leaders are and to begin following them. Simple yet effective points are enumerated below to effectively earn respect and drive your team to be assets of the organization.

Treat your employees with respect.

Sound simple? Well, it is. To earn respect is a two-way street. You can order your people to show you customs and courtesies, but you cannot demand voluntary respect.

Make it obvious to your employees that you care about them.

Just like everyone wants to earn respect, everyone wants to feel like they are important. Make them feel that you empathize for them when they are bothered, confused, and disturbed. Expect that this small amount of kindness will be paid off with respect.

Exceed the standards you hold your employees to.

If your employees are sweating out in the sun at an air show, their respect for you will shoot through the roof if you’re out there with them instead of sitting in the shade just watching around. If you tell your employees to do one thing, and then to do the opposite, why should they follow you? Double standards are unfair and just plain stupid. If you’re fair in your standards, it follows that you will earn respect from your people.

Be fair in how you treat your employees.

If you expect your employees to greet you, greet them, too. As Gandhi said, “We must become the change we want to see.” Just the right attitude when you want to earn respect.

The goal of any leader in any organization should be to perform the mission in the most effective manner. And it is only possible when your employees respect you and they’ll find motivation to strive for excellence. Indeed, we could not command respect from our people. If we want to be respected, we have to earn it.


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    • mytekah profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Appreciate your insights.

      True indeed, leaders should set examples for their people to follow. Else, what kind of leadership is that?

    • aykianink profile image


      5 years ago

      "If you tell your employees to do one thing, and then to do the opposite, why should they follow you?" I remember there was a CEO of a large car company in America. The man drove a Japanese car. Yeah...the employees had a hard time getting behind him.


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