“… treat a commitment you make to yourself with as much respect as you do the commitments you make to others.” – Stephen M.R. Covey in The Speed of Trust – The One Thing that Changes Everything p.68 (Free Press 2008)
In organizational life we talk a lot about respect. Our efforts with diversity have us teaching respect and dignity. This topic is leveraged by the diversity effort and is a basic of effective, caring leadership from ancient times.
I had the opportunity to hear Michael Abrashoff speak at an executive briefing. Michael is an extraordinary leader from the middle management ranks of the U.S. Navy. In his success of making the USS Benfold a top crew in the fleet, he created a Unity Program – “It’s not about our differences; it’s about our common purpose.”
Michael is a person of respect. He was respected by those in his command. Michael demonstrated his respect for others daily as he walked among those he led. He is respected by those he now speaks to and by those who read his books. Most of all, and quite obviously, Michael is a man of self-respect. How do I know? Because external respect begins internally; with a healthy respect of self.
And we prove this respect of self when we make important commitments to ourselves and we respect our self enough to keep them.