How to Have Respect in Your Interpersonal Relationships
Cooperation, also known as respect, is an emotional response or state shown to someone or something held in high regard or esteem and regarded as significant or important. It conveys the sense of appreciation for qualities or good qualities a person possesses. It can be displayed as a respect for another’s opinion or decision, a respect for another’s race, nationality, ethic or religion, or even a respect for another’s physical attributes such as height, age, gender, etc. The level of respect one has for another is manifested by the level of cooperation or absence of hostility. In business terms, cooperation and respect can refer to resolve conflicts, sharing responsibility for mistakes or any other activity involving two or more people where there are mutual understanding and trust between the parties involved.
When you are in a position of leadership, you will naturally develop the ability to form relationships based on respect. As a leader, one of the most important skills you should master is the art of building relationships with the people you are leading. Here are some of the ways you can show your leadership skills with respect:
Be polite. Being polite means you take the time to listen and respond to what another is saying and doing. This is not show-offy, but genuine polite conduct. Showing respect helps build trust and confidence in others around you, which makes them more likely to follow your lead
Speak only to those who are worthy of being spoken to. – Sometimes it can be tempting to talk to people who may appear to be less important than others, but that is never a wise approach. In fact, treating everyone the same, even when they appear to be of different stature, is always a better way to go. By talking to those people who are more likely to be respected or heard, you are showing yourself to be a respectful person and human being, and you are paving the way for others to do the same.
Show your power by using power in a respectful manner – Do you have enough respect for someone to ask you questions in a respectful manner? The answer is always no, when you get in the habit of ignoring someone who doesn’t deserve to be addressed in that way. When you have something to ask, or want to learn about another’s culture or perspective, simply politely put it forward, while still being confident and assertive. This way, you won’t hurt their feelings, and you will feel safe asking the question or adding information. By being respectful toward the other person, you’re also showing them respect toward you, as well.
Offer assistance to those who need it without being condescending – Another great way to show your respect is to offer help to those who are in need. Even when you feel like you don’t deserve it, helping someone who needs it can sometimes make them feel better and build your own personal sense of responsibility. You can demonstrate your ability to share responsibility when you show your concern by offering your assistance. By respecting our fellow man or woman, we show them that we care about them and we are there to help them if we can, without compromising ourselves. In this way, you show them that they are respected by us.
Be sensitive to how they say or do things – It’s important to remember not to use negative actions or words when you are trying to show someone else respect. There’s a fine line between respecting someone and being uncaring, or even being rude. If you have to yell at someone because they did something you don’t agree with, or if you use abusive language, you’re actually disrespecting them. Instead of continuing this unkind behavior, consider how the person might feel and think, and choose words and actions that show them you care but don’t take things too far.
The art of respect is about showing others respect so that we become respected in return. Respect others. Show them respect. Give it back to them. In this way, they will see that they are respected and the power of love and respect will grow in your relationship and your social interactions, thus creating an atmosphere of lasting, healthy interpersonal relationships.