Leadership Principles for Gaining Respect
September 13, 2010 Leave a comment
After writing my last update “Nine Years Ago Today” I thought about the characteristics that make people respect you. Contrary to the statement “Demand Respect” that doesn’t work unless it is earned. Many HR organizations today are trying to figure out how to manage the millennial generation because respect is something that is many believe is deserved just because you show up versus earned by your actions. When I was pulling together our web marketing team I came up with the acronym, and I should really trademark this, ICE=R. ICE=R is a formula for earning respect among your peers and it breaks down into three principles that are critical to any employee to understand.
1.) Integrity – Hold true to who you are and never forget where you come from. For me, I was raised on a farm in a small town where integrity was a value consummated with a handshake. And it was that handshake that bound and defined you as a person by holding true to yourself and your commitment.
2.) Character – Character similar to Integrity helps identify you and what type of person you are. Do you pick up that towel on the bathroom floor or leave it for someone else because it “isn’t my job”? Those with strong character typically have a “what ever it takes” attitude regardless if it is their responsibility or not. It just merely the willingness to help others versus just yourself.
3.) Ethics – The principle of ethics really defines how you interact and work with others. Are you a member of a team or an individual contributor who’s interest isn’t inline with the goals of the team. Do you go around people to achieve your objective or do you confront and negotiate the conflict in order to better understand both sides of the argument?
These three principles and how they are utilized is what will earn you respect. Integrity, Character and Ethics will equal and command respect, ICE=R. It isn’t a complex formula just basic leadership values that are the foundation for any true respect earned among your peers.