As Maslow’s hierarchy of need indicated, all human being need respect and it is important for us to remind ourselves on how to earn it. Like power, respect can be earned base on your job title, social position or your personality and behavior. In this article, I have briefly discussed 7 ways on how to gain respect of others.
1. Give Respect to Others
If you want others to respect you, you’ve to respect them as well. Allow people to keep their dignity and don’t bully them. Respect policies and authorities of the firm and community. If you disregard the rules, people won’t generally think very highly of you. What would you think of a leader who has no regards for his/her followers or policies?
2. Listen to others with an Open-mind
Be open-minded and ready to learn from others. This also support an effective communication.
One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say – Bryant H. McGill. Don
3. Respect Yourself First
If you don’t respect yourself, you can’t expect people to give it to you. Always treat yourself with respect. Do not let anybody walk over you any how and any time. Be yourself and develop self-confidence. When you treat yourself with respect, you project an image of respectability.
Respect yourself if you would have others respect you – Baltasar Gracian
4. Be Valuable to Others
Whether it is in the office, home or among your friends; people generally respect those who are more valuable to them. Value could be in form of support, helping others to solve problems, caring about others or doing other positive and ethical things. Try to be valuable to your community, school and colleagues, they will respect you for it.
5. Control your Emotions
It is very hard to respect people who will show funny emotion on every occasion. There is a differences between responding and reacting to an issue. You just have to hold over your emotions and not let them control you. For example, if you don’t control your emotion in a very hot conversation, you tend to cry, insult others, fight or even quit.
6. Honour your Words
Always keep your words, be serious and deliver what you promised. This will boost your esteem in the eyes of others. It will be difficult for people to respect you if you do not always keep to your word. Try not to be late for appointments.
7. Be a Role Model to Others
Be a role model to others by way of your behaviour. This includes upholding yourself to a higher code of conduct. You don’t have to be perfect, but you should generally act in an admirable and caring manner for others to follow you.
Everyone in society should be a role model, not only for their own self-respect, but for respect from others – Barry Bonds
By learning from these 7 tips and using them to guide you, you can gain respect of most people you meet in life.
Any other tips from you?
Great points indeed! Respect is earned and of course with lot of patient.
Thank you for the feedback, Bala.