A common theme on our Leadership Programmes is how to earn respect rather than command it. Here are 7 tips to help you to achieve this;
1. Deliver on your promises.
If you say you are going to do something then make sure you do it. For example if you say you are going to authorise their holidays or timesheets then make sure you do it on time. There is nothing more demotivating for an employee than having to chase.
2. Ask them for and value their ideas and opinions.
They will feel more engaged and empowered if they are involved in the decision making progress.
3. Empathise with them.
Treat them how you would like to be treated yourself and you will get their respect.
4. Lead by example.
Don't pick them up for timekeeping and behaviour if you are not doing it the right way yourself
5. Be open and honest wherever possible.
On the flip side always be trustworthy and confidential. People will lose respect if you break trust. Stay away from the gossip!!!
6. Play to the teams strengths.
Encourage the team members to coach/train each other to get the maximum performance.
7. Reward and Recognise good performance
But don't demotivate underachievers by publicly displaying their performance