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Each and every day of our lives we all wake up with different ideas of what the day ahead holds for us. We all have different schedules and motivation. Some get up, go to work, and strive to become more successful, make more money, get promoted, or some just get through the following 8 hours (maybe more like 12) and go home and complete our normal routine until the next day.
Regardless of what your daily routine is the one thing that does not change from the CEO all the way to the new hire is you have to strive every day to earn and keep RESPECT.
Too many times we get caught up in the things that are important to us, we sometimes forget what may visibly be important to our peers, family, bosses, subordinates, or customers.
As a leader it is crucial to have the respect of your employees. If they don't respect you, then there is no way in the world you are going to get their full potential at work. Why would you? You haven't earned it, and you don't deserve it for sure. On the other hand, if you do have their respect then you are set up to succeed. I want you to think about the favorite boss you have ever had. I bet you would run through a brick wall to impress him/her. If they ask something of you, I'm sure it wasn't questioned, you just got it done. On the other hand, think of a boss that you didn't respect. They could have the best idea in the world, but the whole time your reporting to them you can't get it out of your head the fact that you have no trust in them.
Stephen Covey talks about the emotional bank account in the book "7 Habits of Highly Effective People". Are you making more deposits than withdraws from you peers emotional bank accounts? If not then you may not have the respect that you want.
The same goes for employee relationships with their boss or superior. You have to earn the respect you desire. You may be one of the best at what you do, but if you come in late, are a bad influence on other employees, only do the minimum of what is expected, or always make excuses, then you have some work to do to earn that respect.
How about your home life? Does your spouse respect you? How about your children? The emotional bank account is ever so important with family. It has to be a compromise. If you want your child to respect you when discipline is necessary then you better work to earn the respect at other times. Make continued deposits into their emotional bank account and you will have the respect. They will appreciate the love you put forth as apposed to resent the person they don't respect for punishing them.
I am blessed to have a family that I completely respect and work to earn their respect daily through my actions. I am also blessed to work for, and with a team of people who I respect and also hope to continue to earn respect myself.
“Respect yourself and others will respect you.” - Confucius