“Your job gives you authority. Your behavior gives you respect.”
—Irwin Federman, general partner atU.S. Venture Partners
Respect is the cornerstone of both our personal and our professional relationships and the sine qua non of employee engagement. Without respect, relationships don’t work.
As our level of respect grows for an individual, so does our level of engagement. And when we lose respect, we disengage. It is difficult, if not impossible, to feel a sense of commitment to a person, team, or organization that one disrespects. There are many reasons why we gain and lose respect for people. For example, we may gain respect for a team member when we find out that she does ...