Being respected as a leader in any organization is important. You cannot lead a company when you know that the people around you do not respect you or see you as a leader. It does not mean that you have to please everyone. Being liked is different from being respected. It does not matter if they do not like you that much, but at least they respect you enough to work with you. These are some ways to tell that your employees respect your leadership.
communicate with them
crucial in any organization. You cannot proceed if you have a hard time communicating
with everyone. You will know that you are respected if people stay
professional when talking to you. They are also open about how they feel to
you. When they decide to not give any idea at all, it means that they are
either too afraid to talk or they could not be bothered to care about your
success as a leader. Either way, it is a sign that you are not respected.
They follow what you say
You need people
to be obedient to what you say. It does not mean that they are being
subservient, but it shows that they are willing to listen. You still need to
give them the chance to think independently and ask questions. However, in the
end, they will still follow the instructions and submit the requirements on
time. If one or two people do not, it means that you need to talk to them since
they could have
issues at work. If everyone else does it, you could be the problem.
When you talk
to the employees, you need to find out how they react. Do they look
at you in the eyes? Do they feel comfortable when sitting next to you? Do they
feel excited when asked to speak with them privately? If there are employees
who even reach a point of snubbing you when they see you in the hall or point
their fingers at you during a meeting in a rude way, it shows that they do not
see you as a leader who deserves respect.
They don’t keep
you out of the loop
organizations these days use messaging apps to make it easy to communicate with
one another. You can create one for your team to help you speak with each other
for work-related stuff. Some of them might also have another group for topics
not related to work. If they love and respect you as a boss, they would not
mind including you in this group. If you find out that they have a group where
they intentionally excluded you, it means that they don’t like you.
When you feel
that the people you work with do not respect you, it should be alarming. You
cannot let things continue this way. You have to do something
about it. You do not need to be lenient, but you can be more
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