Source | www.forbes.com | Kathy Caprino
If you’ve worked for any length of time in a business environment, you’ve personally witnessed the good, bad and the ugly in the managers and leaders around you. “Leader” is an interesting term because it implies that as a “leader” you lead people well. But we all know that’s not necessarily true. In my 35+ years of working, I’ve seen that there are precious few standout leaders in corporate organizations, government and other arenas today who are making a lasting positive difference in their leadership and who serve as inspiring examples for others to follow.
Do a Google search of “leadership” and you’ll see literally millions of articles, interviews, reports and research about leadership and how to be a better leader (my quick search today came up with 7.7+ million). But what I see missing in so much of today’s coverage around leadership is the importance of treating everyone in your organization, from the lowest level to the highest, with respect.
In coaching hundreds of mid- to high-level professionals and leaders who are already demonstrating a positive impact in their organizations, I see one common behavioral trait that sets them apart and that is that they are deeply respectful to others. They demonstrate respect in many ways including respecting and valuing the ideas, opinions, differences, and worldviews that others have. And they show compassion and respect for every single person they encounter.