The secret to getting respect – … You must give it.
Respect and Dignity is now a common workplace phrase thanks to organizational diversity programs. As I think back on when workplaces were not very conscious of issues taught by our diversity efforts, I remember a lot of behaviors that just seem wrong. Were they made wrong by our new consciousness from diversity teaching?
No. For Leaders, they are wrong now and they were wrong then. I remember Mr. Bru at the department store chain that helped me work my way through college. When I think of him I still see that very professional appearance that was always maintained in retail, but most of all, I see his consistent behaviors. He exuded respect and dignity. He gave it to himself and it flowed for others.
He was firm, fair, and quick to recognize our contributions. I knew how much he cared about our store and our customers. I knew what he liked and what he didn’t like when it came to how we presented that store. I respected that. I delivered around that.
35 years later … I still have the utmost respect for this man. Did I mention that I was a stock boy?