Gaining Respect as a New Leader

by Karen Keller, Ph.D.


When you’re a new leader, the first thing you need to do is gain respect.

Tips for new leaders on how to gain respect.

Aretha Franklin sang it best: R-E-S-P-E-C-T. That’s what you need if you’re ever going to be a good leader in your company. Now, you may have experience as a leader in other companies or you may have just been promoted to a new leadership position from within the company. Either way, you’re going to have to work to get the respect of your new peers and the team that you’ll be managing. Here are a few little tips on exactly how to build respect. 

React quickly. Don’t wait for problems to turn into something larger. Your team will look to you know to handle problems as they arise, so always be on the ball. 

Earn trust. You’ll never get respect unless you earn the trust of your team and peers. You can do this by always following through and keeping your word. Be someone they can count on.  

Support your staff. As a leader, not only is it your duty to make sure your team is getting work done, but it’s also your job to be an advocate for them when you think they’re making the right decisions. 

Pick your team wisely. Having a great team will really increase the respect you get from your peers and upper management. When they succeed, you succeed.  

Enjoy your time. If you aren’t having fun, chances are, not many people will have fun doing their job either. Make sure to remain passionate and engaged with what your team is working on.  

Control conflict. People fight. It happens everywhere and there’s not much you can do to stop it. But you can control it by meeting the conflict head on and working to resolve the issues as quickly as possible.  

Treat others with respect. It’s the golden rule, folks. Do unto others as you would have them do to you. Give respect and you’re a lot more likely to get it back.  

Look at that, with just a few simple pointers, we’ve easily constructed the foundation for respect from everyone you work with in your new leadership position. I hope you use these tips next time you’re in the market to earn a little respect.

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