The Business Rule to Live By: Respect

Respect is the quickest way to employee engagement, profitability and your overall happiness.

You, along with every person in your business, are a human being who deserves respect and is worthy of personal power. No matter a person’s title, age, generation, skin color, gender, or belief system, no one deserves anything other than genuine, authentic respect. Most people will logically understand and believe this in concept, but even today the action of disrespect is everywhere in business. We still treat people like cogs. Dysfunctional leaders still think it’s okay to treat other people who have less of a title as less important. Discrimination is still everywhere. We can all pretend that the issues of yesterday are no longer the issues of today, but that’s not the case. And until every human being shows up in your business treating every other human being in your business with respect, toxic energetic cancer will continue to spread throughout your business.

Accepting nothing other than respect is a two-way street—and you need to own both sides of the street. That means that you show up each day and choose to see other people as human beings who hurt, love, laugh, and are trying to make it through this world just like you. It also means that in those moments when you’re being disrespected, you meet those moments with respect by choosing to see that person as a human being who hurts, loves, laughs, and is trying to make it through this world just like you. It means that in those moments of adversity, you respectfully state your piece, stand up for yourself, take responsibility by owning what’s yours, and remove yourself whenever necessary, but then you forgive, let go, and move on. Accepting nothing other than respect is just that—regardless the side of the street you’re standing on, you need to require respect to be given by both you and the other party. Disrespect is never okay, and the only way we’re going to change this world, the only way you’re going to reclaim your personal power, is to make respect a non-negotiable for how you live your life.

Gina Soleil, is a speaker and acclaimed author of Fuel Your Business: How to energize people, ignite action and drive profit. She blogs and speaks about how to create a business where people are energized, feel good and are happy. Visit Gina Soleil and follow her on Twitter.

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One thought on “The Business Rule to Live By: Respect

  1. Thanks for the article and the invitation to chime in. I believe that respect is essential for employee engagement but I do not think it is the quickest way to employee engagement. I believe you can respect someone for their opinions, beliefs, etc. but not agree with them and consequently not be engaged in what they desire to accomplish. I think the quickest way is trust, which requires respect. If you trust someone you will more confidently, freely and willingly give your time and efforts in their direction.

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