Respect and appreciation as leadership values

I occasionally look at items submitted on the LinkedIn website.  I noticed the comments and quotes below over this the last few weeks.  As with most sites on the internet, you have to sort through what has value and what does not.  The quotes below all relate to how we lead others.  Most of you reading this now have roles as leaders of people.  Thus, it is helpful to hear from the experiences of others and apply what might be value to their own situation.  Hopefully, we are all committed to a lifelong process of learning and continuous improvement, even in our role as leaders.

  1. “Being told you’re appreciated is one of the simplest and most incredible things you can ever hear.” – Unknown
  2. “A person who feels appreciated will always do more than what is expected.” – Unknown
  3. Show respect even to those who don’t deserve it; not as a reflection of their character, but as a reflection of yours.” – Dave Willis
  4. “Respect is how to treat everyone, not just those you want to impress.” – Richard Branson
  5. Great leaders are grateful people.  They arise every morning thinking of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to give, to serve, to love.” – John E. Michel

Respect and appreciation… these are two things every person desires.  Everyone wants to be treated with respect, even in the hard times.  Feeling that others are truly interested in what you say and who you are is vital to how we work.  When we feel respected, there is little we would not do to satisfy those we work with.

What does it do to your attitude when someone tells you that they appreciate you or your work?  Yes, it is highly motivating!  When you feel your work is appreciated, you want to do more.  When your boss shows you he/she appreciates you, you want to help them succeed!  So simple, really.  If respect and appreciation so clearly motivate those you work with, why is it that these are not exhibited nearly enough?  What is keeping you today from telling someone or showing them in a tangible way that you care, that their work is important, and that you appreciate what they do?

Finally, are you a grateful person?  A grateful leader?   Please, have a “wow” day and consider what you can do to make it so for someone else!


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