Having respect for others in a working environment is a key attribute of a good leader. In order to create a positive and collaborative workforce, it’s important to promote mutual respect and alignment of professional goals, regardless of and in spite of personal differences.
Mutual respect encourages cooperation, collaboration and synergy, which are absolutely essential for creating a team of staff that places high value on productivity, performance, and high quality products or services. Welcoming and understanding different perspectives creates an environment where productive relationships can thrive, and where individuals feel encouraged to contribute.
Recognising the Talents and Contributions of Co-Workers
An important component of mutual respect is recognising the talents and contributions of workers, regardless of diverse cultural or physical characteristics. Mutual respect in the workplace is based on respect for the abilities and skills of your colleagues, and acknowledges talent, not race, colour, gender or culture. Respecting others within your workplace makes it more likely that you will, in turn, respect their knowledge and expertise.
Respect for Individual Contribution
In an article in Forbes magazine, according to CEB’s Quarterly Global Labour Market research, respect comes in at number 3 in the list of the top five things that employees look for when seeking a new job. CEB’s managing director Brian Kropp explains that respect is something that employees are starting to expect in the new and increasingly comfortable workplace. “It’s not a do your work and keep your head down environment anymore,” he says. “Everyone is looking to be recognized and respected for their individual contribution.”
Cultural Diversity in the Workplace
Having respect for others is also important when cultural diversity of race, religion and gender is considered in the workplace. Culture refers to the values, norms, and traditions that affect the way a member of a group typically perceives, thinks, interacts, behaves, and makes judgments. It is important for leaders therefore, to develop cultural competence, or the ability to interact effectively with people from different cultures.
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On a scale of 1 to 5 (defined within the system) how well does the person being evaiulated meet this criteria? Creates productive relationships by understanding and welcoming different perspectives. Individuals feel encouraged to contribute. Is courteous. Has a high regard for confidentiality. Values cultural diversity (race, religion and gender)