Respect is not demanded. It is earned.
Every leader craves to be respected at his workplace but respect does not come easy. You simply cannot demand respect. Of course, all your employees will show respect but they will do so because they are obliged and not because you deserve it. Imagine what an impact hard-earned respect would have on your self-confidence and productivity. Even the thought is exciting, which is why you should work to earn respect at work.
Being passionate and defining your values will of course give you a firm ground to stand on because everyone respects a person who has values and showcases strength. When you prove that you are competent and strong, people will look up to you. Likewise, when you enjoy what you do, you will be admired. This is where passion comes in. Experts have always said that you should take up entrepreneurship only if you are passionate about it mainly because that passion will drive you into doing your best. You will enjoy working hard to achieve goals and such passion will attract people towards you.
Along with this, we advise that you step out of your cabin and start connecting with your employees. In other words, we recommend that you take interest in what they are doing. This will help you significantly because it will be an amazing change for employees who are fed up of working with bosses who are self-involved. Bosses usually stick to their cabin, come out only to conduct meetings, and then go back in. This is why they barely understand the pressure and the problems employees go through. When you decide on changing this by taking an interest in what they are doing, they will be pleasantly surprised.
There is no denying that almost everyone in this world focus upon himself/herself. Very few people even think about what others are doing. In order to gain respect, though, you should tread this path. You may find it difficult initially to take this step but once you get started, things will become easier. Your employees will feel free to share with you and you will get an insight of how they work. You can offer suggestions or appreciation as per the case. Thus, their morale will see a major boost. They will enjoy working with a boss like you and respect for you in their eyes will automatically increase.
Being known as the boss who cares is oddly titillating. Try it!
Defining your values, being passionate, and taking an interest in your employees are some of the best ways to gain respect at work. When you prove that you are not self-involved, your employees will automatically look up to you.