Respect, v.  To value and consider someone's needs, ideas, thoughts and preferences. 

When the feeling is there, the behavior naturally follows. Embodying a culture of respect is a classic case where actions speak louder than words. It's not enough to give lip-service to the idea, as actions will portray true feelings. A culture of respect is created by leaders who genuinely respect and value each other and their employees. They see all elements of the business system as critical to success of the whole.  These leaders gain their influence and authority through mutual respect, not fear or intimidation.

What is a Culture of Respect?
  • Everyone's contribution is valued
  • High expectations and confidence in employees ability to deliver
  • Leaders value the perspective of employees
  • Transparent inspirational communications
  • Investment in tools and resources to support employee's success
  • Frequent expressions of appreciation
  • Recognition of the whole person
  • Fair compensation
Assess your Organization
  • Does your leadership team respect each other?
  • Are employees at all levels celebrated?
  • Are your employees comfortable expressing a dissenting opinion?
  • Are investments made in technology, tools and training to simplify employees jobs?
  • Do your employees feel like they are an important part of helping the business succeed?
  • Are employees encouraged to develop themselves?