Earning Respect as a Leader
6 Tips to Help You Earn Respect
“The role of a creative leader is not to have all the ideas; it’s to create a culture where everyone can have ideas and feel that they’re valued.” Ken Robinson
- Recognize that every employee has something to offer. Draw out their gifts and talents. Match their positions and responsibilities to their skills and experience. Place value on their input.
- Place value on diversity. Men, women, various generations, different cultural backgrounds all have unique perspectives, ideas, talents, etc. Learning to blend the best of each creates a well-rounded workforce.
- Be proactive about feedback. Listen to their issues and create an environment that encourages solutions. Ask for ideas and use the good ones, giving credit where credit is due.
“The best executive is one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” Theodore Roosevelt
- Communicate what needs to be accomplished and provide necessary instruction, but then step back and let your staff do it.
- In other words, delegate and then let go.
“A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit.” Arnold H. Glasow
- Don’t be afraid to admit when you’re wrong. Your employees want to have confidence in your ability to be right most of the time, of course, but nobody is perfect and refusing to acknowledge your mistakes is arrogant.
- If your error requires an apology, don’t hesitate. Respond swiftly and succinctly, with sincerity,
“A good leader doesn’t get stuck behind a desk.” Richard Branson
- Don’t hide in your office. Yes, you have work to accomplish, but spend some time interacting with your staff.
- Be willing to get in the trenches when necessary. Sometimes you just need to get your hands dirty.
- When employees talk with you, give them your attention. Express your interest by asking questions and listening to the answers.
“The quality of a leader is reflected int he standards they set for themselves.” Ray Kroc
- Be passionate about your work – give 100%.
- Stay up-to-date with technology, industry trends, the current market, etc.
- Keep learning. Take classes, attend seminars, read books, participate in webinars. You get the picture.
“Always treat your employees exactly as you want them to treat your best customers.” Stephen R Covey
- Place value on each employee – they are your best asset -the key to your company’s growth.
- Recognize employee input and excellence. Express your appreciation – verbally and tangibly.
- Be specific when showing appreciation. When the “team” accomplishes a project, a general thank you (supported with a mini celebration) is appropriate, but it doesn’t replace the need for individual recognition.
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