How well do you define respect in your organization? Or have you defined it at all? I’m amazed at how many organizations have respect as one of their standards or values, yet haven’t effectively defined it for team members and the culture. What behaviors elicit respect for others? Eye contact and active listening are among the most common behaviors I’ve seen to describe respect, but it actually begins between the ears. Respect begins with how you think, because that will define what you say and do.
We are quick to judge others at first sight. Make it a practice to suspend judgment and assume a neutral position first. This will position you to be more open and receptive to another person. Without a neutral position, it is much more difficult to be truly empathetic. But the first step is awareness. Become aware of your thoughts and you will begin to train yourself to be open and less judgmental.
We’ve all heard of love at first sight. Let’s practice respect at first sight.