Respect Has to be Earned: 5 Ways to Get it

By October 16, 2017For Talent

Everyone wants to be respected, but there’s a difference between the people who try to demand it and the people who work hard for it.

 A local school teacher might be more respected in his community than a multi-million dollar business owner. Respect is something that can’t be bought but it is something that you can earn. Here’s how.

Admit when you’re wrong

If you’ve messed up at work just own up to it, whether it’s as simple as an email mixup or as complicated as a big deal falling through. Being able to admit when you’re wrong is a very admirable quality and your co-workers will definitely admire you for it. So, swallow your pride and fess up. It will be worth it in the long run.

But don’t always say you’re sorry

The people who constantly say ”I’m sorry” without giving it a second thought usually aren’t the people who are well-respected. There’s a time and a place for apologies, don’t waste them on insignificant occurrences.


When you’re in a meeting do you stay completely focused or does your mind sometimes start to wander? Actively listen to your colleagues by taking your own thoughts and opinions out of the equation. Ask questions that encourage them to tell you more. Listening properly can make the people around you feel appreciated and important.

Be open to change

Change isn’t always a bad thing. Don’t be afraid to move forward. People respect people who are open to new possibilities. They don’t respect people who are stuck in a rut and refuse to evolve. So, why not try something new? Implement a new system, learn a new skill or try a new hobby.

Keep your promises

The old saying that a man (or woman) is only as good as their word is completely true. One of the easiest ways that you can gain respect is by gaining people’s trust. If you continually follow through with your promises people will begin to put their faith in you.

Give to receive

If you want to receive respect then you are going to have to give it as well. It is a two-way street after all. You can’t be arrogant and expect people to be kind to you. That’s just not how it works. Stay humble and treat others with kindness and they will probably treat you the same way in return.

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Author Alice Murray

Alice Murray is a Content Creator at Jobbio with a passion for Employer Branding and Graduate Culture. She's a keen traveller and a self-proclaimed lazy runner.

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