10 “Be”-haviors to Gain Respect


As a manager, respect is essential to building a successful, productive team.

While many managers struggle to gain respect from employees, respect can

actually be earned and maintained with simple behaviors that let people know

you can be trusted to lead effectively. Adopt the following behaviors and watch

employee respect for you grow:


1. Be encouraging. Offer sincere praise for a job well done. Tell your

employees that you appreciate their efforts while they are working, and

offer immediate recognition upon successful completion of a task, while

the work is still fresh in the mind of the employee.

2. Be trusting. People feel devalued by managers who can’t let go. It is

important, when delegating responsibilities, to trust employees to

accomplish tasks without telling them how to complete their work. Trust

and empower employees to explore ways to achieve success in a manner

that will lead to the development of their own skills.

3. Be honest. Don’t be afraid to admit that you don’t know the answer! No

one respects an arrogant fool, but respect is gained through honesty and

understanding. Similarly, give truthful feedback to employees rather than a

simple, “good job,” especially if the job done did not meet company goals.

4. Be available. In addition to leaving your door open, schedule time to chat

with employees. Letting coworkers know that your time is not too

important for them will cause them to value and respect you.

5. Be positive. No one is drawn to negativity. Work to see the positive in

your employees and express optimism regarding the progress of your


6. Be helpful. Never be too busy to make yourself useful to others. Being

willing to stop and offer advice to those who ask for it, or to assist in areas

that may even be “below” your status are sure ways to encourage

appreciation and respect among employees – they will see that you

actually care.

7. Be relatable. Don’t be afraid to laugh and smile. Managers who are too

serious can seem sterile or even hostile, causing mistrust. Don’t be afraid

to occasionally have some appropriate fun with your employees.

8. Be open. Ask for the opinions of your employees, then actively listen and

respond to their views. People respect those who actually consider their

ideas and show interest.

9. Be humble. As Jim Collins observed in his book, Great by Choice,

companies that have incredible track records of success consistently

boast leaders who take personal blame for failures and setbacks, but give

others credit for progress and success.

10. Be reliable. Make sure that what you say and what you do match up.

Whereas consistency quickly earns trust, inconsistency leads to doubt and

a lack of respect. Following up and following through will quickly establish

credibility among employees.


What are some effective ways that you gain the respect of your employees?

We’re eager to share ideas with you. Contact us!

Putting Your Best Interests to Work

“Stay hungry, stay foolish.”  This was advice that the late Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs gave to the Stanford University Class of 2005 during their commencement speech.

Steve Jobs Stay Hungry Stay Foolish

In his speech, Jobs in effect said that you will do your best if you do work that you love to do, not what other people think you should do (that may not be for you).  This can be what “stay foolish” means, not necessarily acting reckless, but rather if what you love to do means that you will not be running with the herd. Do you risk being called foolish? Perhaps. Do what you love to do.  This was advice that Jobs gave himself on a daily basis during his tenure at Apple.

Staying hungry means doing the work you love to do with such dedication, that it was as though each day of your life was your last. This puts in to stark perspective the preciousness of the choice you have in regard to the type of work or career you want to pursue.

I don't get no respect Rodney Dangerfield

Age does not matter. The choice can be there for you.  Consider the late comedian Rodney Dangerfield.  He did not start his successful stand-up comedy routine (highlighted by the self-effacing phrase “I don’t get no respect”) until he was in his early 40s, after working for some time as a salesman.

While this may not apply if you are in your 40s, never played professional basketball, and you want to be the next NBA all-star, there are still opportunities with other interests where age may not matter.

The inspiration here is to tap into your interests and you have an opportunity to do your best work, and without necessarily regard to age.


What do you really love? Sometimes finding the answer to that question is harder than we think. Try finishing these sentences to help get you started.

1. I can hardly wait to _____.

2. I really lost track of time when _____.

3. I always find the time / money for _____.

4. The best gift someone could give me would be _____.

Once you’ve established your interests, it’s time to reflect on them.

What about this activity is so interesting to you? What emotions do you experience when you do this activity? What could make the activity even better?Interests what would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail

A great resource to help you pin point your unique interests and enable you to discover your best self is our founder Shannon Cassidy’s workbook V.I.B.E.. Your V.I.B.E. consists of four specific pieces:





Finding your V.I.B.E. helps our clients discover who they are and what makes them tick.

Please share with us in the comments – if you could add ONE more hour to each day, what would you do with it?

For more information on our programs, please visit our website: bridgebetween.com.

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