Have you ever seen how a lack of respect can ruin the culture of an organization or a family? When people don’t respect each other, they lose an appreciation for each other. And that can devolve into nasty personal relations—all because people did not respect each other.
Respect has become a hot topic within the realm of leadership development. At the 2017 Global Leadership Summit, Bill Hybels listed ten rules of respect that can apply to any group of people at work or home.
Here are the “Respect 10” that Bill Hybels presented as I have interpreted them. How many of these have you instituted in your home or workplace?
What you do for a living is worth more than a paycheck. The time you spend working doesn’t have to be just time traded for money. You can spend your working hours in a way that will energize you. You can do work worth doing.
To get to that point, you need to understand what motivates you. And that requires a deep dive into what makes you tick.
In order to discover how you can do work worth doing, ask yourself these nine questions.
Spiritual growth happens most through our interactions with others. Since you spend more of your waking hours with the people at your workplace, then your workplace is a place for spiritual growth.
God works in you to want to do what pleases Him (Philippians 2:13). And Scripture tells you to work out your salvation (Philippians 2:12). That means you literally need to work out of you what God has put in you through your interactions with other people. That makes the workplace a great place to test out what God is doing in you.
Here are three ways you can use your workplace as a place for spiritual growth.
It seems that faith and work are perceived as contradictory in the business world. People think that trusting God doesn’t require that you follow good business practices. Or they think that putting in disciplined effort means that you don’t trust God to provide. The truth is that faith and work complete each other.
You can demonstrate how your faith impacts your work and how your work reinforces your faith. You don’t have to choose one over the other—because faith and work are complementary.
Here are three steps for meaningfully pursuing both your faith and work.
Even if you aren’t the owner of the company you work for, your customers will want you to have an ownership mentality. They want to know that you will take ownership of whatever problem they bring to you.
Your customers want to know that you care about their problems. They want to know that you will help them solve the issues they are facing.
Here are three reasons you want to bring an ownership mentality to everything that you do.
In the workplace, we tend to rely on written words for our interpersonal communication. We regularly do this in reports, memos, and emails because they are efficient ways to communicate. But something gets lost when we don’t have face-to-face meetings.
While talking face-to-face may not always be possible, it should be encouraged as much as possible. Here’s why it is important to create opportunities for face-to-face meetings among the team.
Too often management can try to control how their employees do their work. They do not always listen to the suggestions their employees offer to make a process more efficient. Or more cost-effective for the customer. Or more profitable for the company. And it’s all because they have the wrong management style.
When management trusts their employees, they can gain better rapport with and work from their employees. Here are three steps you can take to improve your management style with your team.
How much productivity is lost when workers are not inspired to work to their full potential—because they don’t see others on the team working to their full potential?
Teams can regain this lost productivity. But managers must first inspire everyone on the team to believe that everyone else will do what is expected of them.
You can create an environment where your team is willing to play at their full potential, and they trust their colleagues to do their part. Here’s how.
Does your work have meaning to you? Do you get up each day excited about what you get to do that day? Or are you wishing you had more meaningful work to do?
Just passing the time at what we do each day can be frustrating at best and deadening at worst. But the good news is it doesn’t have to be this way.
You can live each day having meaningful work to do. And here’s how.
As a leader, you may get frustrated from time with your team. You may feel that they should be better followers. Or harder workers. Or a stronger team. But always remember that you have team leadership responsibilities.
You are the catalyst for the change you want to see in your team. They will not change until you make the first move.
Here are three steps for meeting your team leadership responsibilities.