Respect – Earning It and Keeping It

R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Find Out What is Means To Me…

OK, that was corny… moving on…


Often, we forget that to be respected – as leaders, as parents, as spouses, and human beings – we need to be someone worthy of respect. Like reputation, respect is easily lost with careless actions, careless words, and sometimes just by not active;y trying to be someone worthy of respect.

Here are 7 tips on respect from The John Maxwell Company.:


Respect yourself and those you work with

Self-respect comes with understanding who you are – your personality and purpose. You may not always win, but when you routinely give outstanding effort and you will experience success. Do not take failure or criticism personally. After failing, never give yourself permission to self-identify as a failure.

Respect is a building block of meaningful relationships, and it comes about when we place value on other people…. believing the best in people brings out the best in people.


Exceed the Expectations of Others

Begin by setting high personal standards for yourself. Get rid of the “get by” mentality and push yourself to work with excellence and not just adequacy. After that, learn the expectations others have of you—both your teammates and customers. Finally, fulfill those expectations and go beyond them.


Stand Firm on Your Convictions and Principles

Strong convictions precede great actions. As a leader it’s always tempting to make palatable decisions that promise safety instead of bold ones that involve risk.


Possess Maturity

Maturity is…

– the willingness to assume responsibility.
– consistency – routinely delivering results.
– character – the willingness to do what’s right even when it’s costly.
– confidence. People more readily follow leaders who exude faith in their abilities.

Maturity doesn’t come with age; it comes with acceptance of responsibility. ~ Ed Cole


Experience Success in Your Family and Career

Neither success nor failure is a one-time event. Rather, both result from the accumulation of thousands of seemingly insignificant actions done day-by-day and week-by-week. Identify which activities, performed daily, will develop you into the type of leader you aspire to be and then be relentless about practicing them.


Contribute to the Success of Others

Being a leader means you lift up those you lead. To be great, use your power to make others powerful, to help them realize their goals, build them up, and their success is your success.

There is no more noble occupation in the world than to assist another human being—to help someone succeed. ~ Alan Loy McGinnis


Think Ahead of Others

Leaders gain respect because they think ahead of others and more deeply than others. They project their minds into the future, and they discipline themselves to put sustained thought into major issues facing their team.



Who is someone you  greatly respect? What traits do they have that earned your respect, and how do they keep it?