In today’s society, respect is often seen as an afterthought. With millions of college educated professionals treating the cast of “Jersey Shore” and the “Kardashian’s” as their role models, respect is often taken for granted or ignored as an important part of the way we live.
I was recently on a phone call with someone who was having a hard time with his immediate supervisor. In essence, the person I was speaking with didn’t feel heard or respected. Ugh! Tough situation and we have all been there.
Career advice aside in this situation, take the high road until you can put yourself in a better position. It will make you feel better and you can earn respect from the people you interact with every day. The actions you take do make a difference.
Use these ideas to command and receive the respect you know you deserve:
1. Carry yourself in a respectable manner. Act in a manner that communicates to others that you should be taken seriously. Consider your conduct and act with tact in all circumstances.
2. Follow the golden rule. Treat others with respect and they’ll treat you according to the tone you’ve set. Understand that everyone has boundaries that they expect you to respect. If you cross them intentionally, you’re digging your own hole.
3. Start weeding. It’s important to realize that some people simply think that they’re above any moral laws. These types of people will do what they want, when they want and blurt out the thoughts in their mind with total disregard to the emotions of anyone else.
4. Conduct yourself with class. Keep your head above the water in sticky situations. A calm conversation often serves your interests better than lashing out in anger. Always speak positively about your friends. You’ll be admired as someone who refuses to gossip and win the trust of others.
5. Be realistic. If you’re trying to be on equal footing with your elders or higher-ups in your company, you’re setting yourself up for disappointment. It’s important to understand that there will always be a group of people that are above you in a certain sense. And it’s necessary to treat them with respect.
Remember, the easiest way to command respect from everyone around you is to be an honorable person. Hold yourself and your actions to a high standard, and others will inherently be aware of the good person that you truly are.