Followers are attracted to people who are better leaders than themselves.
That is the Law of Respect, says @JohnCMaxwell (Bestselling author & speaker on leadership).
Now we could ask:
What causes one person to respect and follow another?
Is it because of the attitude of the leader, his qualities?
Is it due to a process the leader and the followers engage in?
Or does it occur because of special circumstances?
The answer is:
All these factors can come into play.
Here the top 6 ways a leader can gain the respect of other people (according to John C. Maxwell):
1.) Natural leadership ability
There are leaders who are born with greater skills and abilities than others.
But that is not a problem.
We should know, that every person can become a better leader.
That is certainly a good news.
Additionally we should learn that talent alone is not enough.
A natural leader is someone people want to follow.
They want to be around him and want to listen to him.
He can inspire others.
When people respect you as a person, they admire you. When they respect you as a friend, they love you. When they respect you as a leader, they follow you. (John C. Maxwell)
2.) Respect for others
Good leaders rely on respect – they show respect for others, even when the other person has less power or a lower position.
If you continually respect others and consistently lead them with respect, people will respect you and will follow you.
Good leaders do what is right – they are willing occasionally to stand alone.
They don’t fear failure and criticism.
A leader’s courage gives followers hope.
It is a fact, that people respect those with success.
They respect other’s accomplishments.
When leaders are successful, people will respect them.
Followers follow leaders with success, because they want to be a part of success in the future.
When leaders stick with the team until the job is done, remain loyal to the organization and the people, even in bad times, followers respect them.
6.) Adding value
A good leader adds value to others.
And followers value these leaders.
They respect them.
I, personally, would add some points here:
A good leader must be credible to be seen as trustworthy.
Credibility is not the same thing as being likable.
There are 4 elements of credibility:
To boost your credibility with regard to integrity, consider the following:
To boost your credibility with regard to competence, consider the following:
To boost your credibility with regard to sound judgment, take the following actions:
To boost your credibility with regard to be relationally sensitive, consider the following:
What we should learn …
Credibility is a package. No single element alone described here can guarantee you high perceived credibility.
People assign you a certain degree of credibility based on how they rate you on the interaction of theses elements of credibility:
integrity, expertise, sound judgment, and relationship sensitivity
Remember, too, that your credibility is based on observed behavior, not on your intentions.
We don’t like or trust people who come across as phony and false.
Thus, we avoid such people.
We seek friends and colleagues who are authentic.
Authenticity is important, but what exactly do we mean by the term?
Authentic people possess these qualities:
Respect is the first step to trust.
Without respect you will have no success.
Respect is based upon
1.) Having special leadership qualities
2.) Respect for others
3.) Having courage
6.) Adding value
7.) Credibility (integrity, expertise, sound judgment, and relationship sensitivity)
Likability is subjective, people often like people who are similar to themselves, or have a certain charisma.
Being likable or popular does not always earn you respect.
Trust starts with respecting.
There are differences between likability vs. respect. vs. trust.
Book „The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership“ by John C. Maxwell
What is Credibility and Why Do You NEED to Care – on blog of Bonnie Budzowski
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