How to earn and maintain respect in the workplace

One thing that gives leaders their platform, status and influence is respect. Not only is it a feeling or a value, but also a mind-set, an attitude and a character.


With origins from the Latin word ‘respectus’, referring to the action of looking back with consideration and regard, respect encompasses how people perceive you, your values and how it impacts them. It also embodies how you distinguish and hold yourself.


Respect in the workplace is crucial to who you are as a leader – It can make or break your relationships with stakeholders, your role in the business and your position in the industry.

There are many ways respect can be cultivated, so we’ve broken down the word to give you an idea of how you can embody it.


Reinforce your vision and values consistently.


Respect can be correlated to the notion that you represent a certain set of morals – and that you stick to them no matter the situation. What pops into the head of your employees when your name is mentioned, when you’re in the office or when they speak about you?

Consistently reinforce your values through the way you make decisions, how you communicate them and the way you interact with your employees. When you stand by something, you give others the chance to stand by it with you.


Engage with opportunities and challenges.


When you proactively engage with opportunities and challenges, in both seeking and responding to them, you facilitate respect, as it demonstrates responsibility, initiative and accountability. This is also relevant to giving credit where credit is due and not being afraid to admit to mistakes.


Seek out support.


An exceptional leader knows success is about teamwork, and that they can’t do everything on their own. Seeking support and reinforcement, and effective delegation, shows emotional intelligenceand effective communication to your team.


Practice what you preach.


Its simple – if you don’t practice what you preach, why should anyone else? If you follow your own advice and lead by example, there won’t be any room for members of your workplace to doubt you. When you share a vision and make it a reality, it’ll get noticed and appreciated.

Empower your team, both professionally and personally.