I believe that working with good people matters because then the work environment is good. If there is a sense of respect and belief among the people you work with, that is when good work is done.
This year I am focusing on everyday leaders. Not those who hold a formal position of authority, but those of us who, through our behaviors, have the ability to influence and inspire those around us just by being us. This is the ninth installment of articles that focus on one specific behavior that can make a huge difference in our ability to impact the lives of others.
This month I want to talk about respect. What does respect have to do with being an everyday leader? Everyone wants to feel respected. Everyday leaders know how to show respect for the positive contributions and unique skills of everyone they work with. By showing respect, everyday leaders earn loyalty and trust. So, what does respect look like in everyday leadership?
We tend to trust those who show us respect. Everyday leaders are trusted by those they work with because they know how to make others feel respected. It is through this trust that everyday leaders are able to positively influence those around them; it is this influence that makes you an everyday leader.
We feel a sense of loyalty to those who treat us with respect. Loyalty plays a big role in the ability of everyday leaders to have an impact in their organizations, on their teams, and in their communities. When you treat others with respect, you earn their loyalty and you become an everyday leader.
When you believe in each other and treat each other with respect, you create a healthy work environment. Everyday leaders know the value of working in a positive environment, they know how to treat others with respect, and they encourage respectful behavior from others. The ability to create a great work environment makes you an everyday leader.
Everyday leaders gain trust by showing respect to others. They earn loyalty because of the respectful way they treat others.
In addition, they create healthy work environments by encouraging everyone to treat each other with respect. Through the respect they have for everyone they work with, everyday leaders are able to influence those around them.
How can you start showing respect today?