February 06, 2012

Respect the leader!

After some really interesting activities of the leadership module today and the discussion followed, Paul mentioned that leaders are not to be liked, but to be respected. And actually this is true!

It doesn't matter if you like or not the person who leads. But, in order the leader to be effective he/she needs to be respected by the followers. And respect is difficulty earned and easily lost! That is why some leadership styles might be more appropriate than others. Nevertheless, the actions that leaders do to gain their followers play vital role too. Followers need to be respected as well, and think that their opinion has the same value of that of the leader.

Leaders need to always bare in mind that when people respect and not fear them, it's likely to do their best, give that extra voluntary effort and ultimetly 'serve' leaders' purpose...


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  1. Pinthida Thanatipanont

    good point you’ve made here. to me, ‘fear’ associates with headship and respect associates with leadership. In order to gain respect, you would first have to respect others – leading by example and creating a culture of mutual respect. once respecting is embedded in the company, then people are more inclined to listen to one another – with respect, dialogues are encouraged and practised, it’s okay to agree to disagree, etc…

    Then, ideas are likely to emerge, if open to constructive criticism, then that very idea can be polished and prosper.

    Criticism are viewed as negative things sometimes, but then again, constructive ones should be listened to. If people respect each other enough, this will be carried out. But if people fear of being perceived badly by their peers, good ideas may never become great as it has never been criticised and then improved upon.

    A leader though, may be brave to put their point across and be ready to justify their course, they might not be liked – ie. causing extra work when improvement is required but they should be respected and taken into account in order to improve the quality, the process, etc…

    06 Feb 2012, 23:23

  2. Natnicha Tangkijngamvong

    I agree that both leaders and followers should respect one another. People react according to the way they are treated. Thus, if leaders treat their followers with respect, the followers would be motivated and inspired, thus the leaders would get the respect in return as well. I agree that respect is difficulty earned and easily lost. I believe that for one to gain a respect is depended on how we positioning ourselves and managing our attitude toward one another.

    07 Feb 2012, 23:29

  3. Mohammad Waseem Sandouk

    I think the matter of being respected is very true, and i felt it to be powerful.
    I just need to emphasise that respect is gained not inflected, and this is through actions more than words, where in reality, some leaders forget this truth, and rely on words alone

    09 Feb 2012, 00:28

  4. Ilektra-maria Kaldi

    It’s true that respect can be gained from what you do, and not what you say. Deeds matter for most people, because most of the times have more meaning than words and requires more effort from the person who does it.

    09 Feb 2012, 19:04


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