In my opinion, these following characteristics really show how respectful you truly are. You should always keep these in mind when speaking with a colleague, acquaintance, co-worker, etc. to make sure you are showing as much respect as possible.
1. Have manners – Say please, thank you and excuse me in conversation where you see fit. Make sure to speak politely and make sure to listen when the other person speaks. Congratulate others for personal or group accomplishments (even though it may be with another company or organization). Be knowledgeable about how your approach may be perceived when you greet people.
2. Be on time – Time is of the essence. It is a valuable commodity that cannot be given back after it is lost. Show other people that you value their time just as much as you value your own. Aim to be early to all of your meetings; it will be that much more impressive.
3. Body language – This can tell a lot about an individual’s interest in a conversation. Be aware of your body language. Make sure to keep eye contact, nod, smile and stand up straight when speaking to another individual.
4. Stay true to your word – If you say that you will have something done by a certain date, make sure it will be turned in on time and in completion.
5. Allow mistakes – If you are in a position of power or leadership, what would be the positives of putting someone down for making a mistake? No one is perfect. Everyone makes mistakes. Mistakes should be seen as opportunities to improve. The individual who makes the mistake will respect their authority figure more after they notice they will not be punished for a mistake, only encouraged to learn from it.
Although there are MANY other ways to show respect, these are the few that I find very important.
Respect is viewed on many different levels as well. Respect cannot be measured as a quantity and cannot be bought or traded. It is one of those things that is earned and built over time, but that can be lost with one stupid or inconsiderate act. Keep in mind that if you are in a position of authority, show the most respect that you can. If you are just a member or entry level worker, the more respect you show the quicker you will climb the ladder to success!
Regional Leadership Coordinator
Brad has been on staff since the summer of 2013. He graduated from Adelphi University and is now an alumnus of the Phi Septaton Chapter.