Respect in Business: How Do You Create It?

You must earn or create respect, it will not automatically be given to you. Don’t agree with that statement? Why not?For us to have a productive and profitable working relationship, you must earn my respect. But how do you create respect in business? Is it any different when you start building relationships via social media than when you build relationships via face-to-face interaction?Several years ago, I was new to a job and new to working for the owner of the company. What started out as a disagreement on a potential client progressed to a point where the owner stated, “you have to respect me and my decision or even my opinion because I own this company!” My response? My employment with that company was short lived. I could not work for that person; telling me I have to respect him just because he owned the business. Respect has to be earned or created, not given just due to a title.So how do YOU define or create respect in your business dealings? Doing what you say you will do, or following through on and keeping your word; does that create respect? With most people, it does. Each time you make a commitment and then keep it, that helps to build or create respect. If you schedule an appointment with someone, you keep that appointment! If you must reschedule, it should be on their schedule, not yours.Other ways you can create respect:

  • Being on time or early for appointments.
  • Following up on a meeting with a note, thank you card, phone call or email.
  • Create a culture of respect and mutual trust in your organization as well as how you deal with clients, potential clients and even former clients.
  • Over deliver on your promises.
  • Take responsibility for your actions.

“Respect commands itself and it can neither be given nor withheld when it is due.”Eldridge Cleaver”Leaders who win the respect of others are the ones who deliver more than they promise, not the ones who promise more than they can deliver.”Mark A. ClementWhat say you?Come back for more posts on this topic including personal respect, how to deal with disrespect and creating respect in social media.