Respect is Admiration With a Reason

Respect is admiration with a reason – Dan Rockwell, The Leadership Freak. This is the best definition of respect I’ve ever seen.  Everyone wants respect but do we really know what it is and how to get earn it?  Learning what great leaders do to gain respect from others is one of the best steps you can take to become the leader you are meant to be.  Getting respect from those above and beside you is important for sure, but it will not be the ‘secret sauce’ that sustains your career for the long haul.  Having the respect from those you serve is what keeps you afloat for life. And … when you give them respect you chart the course!

6 surefire strategies to increase the respect you get from others and become the person you are meant to be!

  1. Set the standard high and reach it every day yourself, people respect hard work.
    1. Showing up ready to work every day is what others want to see, even if they don’t know it. They want someone to set a high standard and ‘kill it’ every day!
    2. Hard work is the key to success every time. If success was easy, everyone would have it.  The discipline of hard work gets you ready for all the things that success brings to you.
  2. Be polite and courteous, even when it’s hard, and be willing to say “I might be wrong.”
    1. This is what we call having high emotional intelligence. Some say it is the #1 characteristic in all successful people have in common.  The ability to manage your own feelings when communicating with others and the ability to manage others emotions by how you act/react.
    2. Admitting that you thought something would turn out better than it did is what people want to hear from you when the yogurt hits the fan (so to speak). Working toward solutions not blame is what people admire.
  3. Do work that is in line with integrity and high values.
    1. Honesty and trust are central to integrity. The number one reason people leave jobs worldwide is the lack of a trusting relationship with their boss. Everyone wants to follow people they can count on.
    2. Being honest about good news is easy, being honest with bad news may be difficult at times, but you will gain respect.
  4. Keep growing yourself, expect others to grow, and help them do it.
    1. “Be not afraid of going slowly. Be afraid only of standing still.”  – Chinese proverb. When others see you taking classes, signing up for webinars, reading books or attending workshops they wonder what amazing things you are up!
    2. When they see you growing yourself, it gives them not only permission to grow too but just enough of a push to jump out and do it themselves. Be the change you want to see in the world!
  5. Give recognition to other and take less for yourself.
    1. When you give recognition to others they feel great and in the long run, give back more than you could ever imagine. They are also more willing to give you credit which is good, but even better –  they work harder, dig deeper and accomplish so much more!.
    2. Doesn’t everyone want to do more for a leader that tells them how wonderful their accomplishments are and how it’s made a difference in others live?!
  6. Lastly, be confident in your own skin.
    1. It’s hard to follow someone that doesn’t think they can. Confidence inspires trust which is the foundation of leadership. Having confidence makes others want to get on your bandwagon thinking “Hey she knows what she’s doing and I like her vision, I want to be a part of that!”
    2. Warning – Don’t get confidence and arrogance confused. Arrogance is leadership kryptonite, you cannot succeed for any length of time with it.


Irmadene Hanson, RN

Leadership Speaker, Coach, and Trainer


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