Whom do you respect as a boss?
Just because you have the title does not mean that you are respected and that you are a true leader. Unfortunately, there are many workplaces where leader-managers just go by the title and they are the reason for their folks having to endure a toxic workplace. I am appealing to anyone who has any sort of a leading role in the workplace. Do you have the courage and curiosity looking at yourself with a critical eye? I hope so; it’s worth your while. Respect is earned and not owed to you (Click to tweet this). Here are 7 quick memory boosters for your viewing pleasure how to earn trust and respect:
- Servitude: Being a leader really means that you are serving the ones whom you lead – not the other way around.
- Respectfulness: Respect yourself and you can respect others. Respect also encompasses being genuinely present in your interactions.
- Accessibility: Long term sustainability means that you must be accessible for when your folks need you the most. Walking the four corners of the business is always a great practice (besides of the physical exercise that will do your health some good).
- Reliability: Do what you say and not as I do should never enter your thoughts and much less leave your lips. Say what you do, and do what you say.
- Fairness: In a world of gray it is often not fun at all having to decide what is the best thing to do. Here you can gain the biggest ground with your folks.
- Adaptability: Flexibility in what you plan and decide to do is a great asset to any company, but most of all for the people you supervise. What is the best outcome for every stake holder? This question should be on your mind a lot.
- Clarity: Being clear means that you must be willing to listen. Listen well friends. Chances are that you are not doing the job of the folks you manage. Even if you are able to do it, typically you cannot quite reach their proficiency level. Being able to clearly communicate this, goals, expectations, praise/ critique, etc will go a long way. The leader-manager’s communication or the lack thereof, is one of the most frequent reasons why people quit their jobs.
Do not let that happen to you. Reflect upon the quick 7 list above and discern if and where you may be able to do so much better with your team if they could trust you more. Trust can only emerge when you are able to create predictable outcome for your team members. If you want to be respected, earn it. If you want change, the first change yourself. The rest is a breeze. Ralf