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Where has the Respect Gone in Leadership?

Respect in Leadership

Respecting someone takes hard work and dedication to treat them better than how you wish to be treated.  As we go about our daily lives, it becomes critical to be respectful and help others succeed as well.  As leaders, we are expected to be role models for those around us, but as I watch events taking place in today’s world (presidential debates), I wonder, where has the respect gone in leadership?

  • Listen intently. You can’t actively and intelligently respond to someone until you listen to what they have to say.  Make eye contact and smile as you receive their message before you respond.  This will show them respect and make them feel obligated to do the same to you as you speak.
  • Create value for others. As you interact with someone, listen for opportunities to provide value to them and their cause.  Give them suggestions, offer to help or assist any way you can.  This creates an avenue of respect that will hopefully be reciprocated when you are in need of assistance in your life.
  • 24-hour rule. If someone reaches out to you via phone, text, email, or any other way, show them the respect of responding in a timely manner.  I like to abide by the 24-hour rule.  I will always do my best to respond to someone within 24 hours.  How many people do you owe a response to?

Did you know?  Coach Jim Johnson has an agreement to speak at the Rush Henrietta middle schools (Rochester, NY) to their student leadership teams in March 2017.  Let him know if your school could use some leadership guidance.

Life Tip #6:  Greet people with a firm handshake, eye contact, and a smile

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