I haven’t met anyone who doesn’t want to be respected. Whether by your family, your friends, your colleagues, your boss and especially your subordinates. It defines our worth to a certain degree. The more respected you are, the more people value you, the more they listen to what you have to say.
Respect is earned and the currency of exchange is your ability to listen to others. Truly listen. Not the kind of patronizing listening where you humor someone with your time but don’t give them enough attention to actually hear the deeper need behind their words.
Respect is earned when you give your time and full attention listening to someone’s concerns, and then taking appropriate action to prove you heard, understood and care enough to do something about it.
Listening without filters earns respect.
Listening without an answer already waiting earns respect.
Listening with the goal of understanding earns respect, even if you don’t agree. Especially when you don’t agree.
Listening is the currency of respect.
Do you deserve or demand respect? Do you hear without acting or do you care enough to take action?