People Naturally Follow Leaders Stronger Than Themselves– People don’t follow others by accident. It is a given that due to chain of command in work settings that people OUTWARDLY follow whom that are told to. However, INWARDLY they may be totally in opposition to the assigned Leader. It is this inward following that determines the productivity and profitability of your organization.
The Process of Gaining Respect-
- Natural Leadership Ability– This is not a common trait, but if you possess it, people will follow you. If you do not possess it, you simply have to be more purposeful is your Leadership skills and your work relationships with your Team.
- Respect for Others– As Leaders show respect for others- especially for people who have less power or at a lower position than theirs- they gain respect from those they lead.
- Courage– Legacy Leaders do what is right, even at the risk of failure, in the face of danger and criticism. A Leader’s courage gives his Team hope.
- Success– A Leader’s success does not always translate to a happy Team. Keep in mind that the truest measure of a Leader’s success is the victories experienced by his/her Team.
- Loyalty– When Leaders live under the mantra that they will not ask others to do anything they themselves wouldn’t do, their respect level grows. It is when a Leader lives under the mantra of do as I say, not as I do, that their respect level quickly diminishes.
- Value Added to Others– Team Members value Leaders who value them. As the Leader intentionally builds up the Team from the inside out, the Team becomes stronger and the respect earned will create a Legacy for that Leader.
Always remember, effective, long-lasting respect has to be earned. Respect by title is no longer an option in the work place we exist in today. The Legacy Leader realizes that respect is more about WHO you are than WHAT role you are in!