If you’re like me, the minute you hear the term Respect, your inner playlist jumps to our friend Aretha Franklin who spelled out exactly what Respect means to her. You’ll start humming the tune and, if no one’s looking, may even break out into a little dance.
It seems so straightforward to tell people to be respectful to others at work. One could reasonably assert that respect is a ‘Golden Rule’ concept; treat people the way you want to be treated – should we really even need to state publicly that our company respects its employees? That we respect our Customers/Clients? Yes we should! But maybe not for the reasons you’re currently thinking.


Well for one respect is a more slippery concept than we think it is. Respect isn’t adequately encompassed by the boundaries of the Golden Rule alone. It is a huge mistake to believe you know exactly what respect looks like, that there is a uniform, one-size-fits-all definition that everyone universally understands.
The conundrum is- while people know what respect looks like to them, they don’t necessarily know what it looks like to others- because not everyone sees respect the same way.

Everyone doesn’t agree

This behavioral dilemma is not limited to respect either (topics for future Tuesday Tips) which is why the insights of iMapMyTeam are so incredibly valuable to you.
The inner motivational layer that is invisible is made visible by MapMyTeam reports.
A leader who wants to foster respect in the workplace must first understand that everyone doesn’t agree on what respect looks like. Employees must come to the same realization. Everyone does.


Use iMapMyTeam to define respect in the way others see it and communicate along those lines.

What you tolerate, you promote. If you let disrespect slide, you’ll likely see more disrespectful behavior. If respect is part of your corporate core competencies, critical success behaviors – whatever you’ve decided to call them – make sure people in the organization know that promotions are in part due to the person’s commitment to respectful behaviors.

How does the other person define respect? How can I show I respect them? The “What to Avoid“ or “How to Talk To” reports will get you there. Check them out today.

There is no respect for others without humility in one’s self.
~ Henri Frederic Amiel

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