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  • Gain Respect At Work

    It can be challenging to accomplish what you want at work when you do not have the respect of others. Maybe it is because you are young or a junior staff member. Maybe it is because you sit in a department that is underfunded or you are in a role that does not get the credit it deserves.

    Don’t let circumstances like these prevent you from acting like a C-suite level leader. While you may not have control over your age, level of experience or how others perceive your role, you have control over your behavior. Your behavior, and its impact on others, is powerful.

    You have the opportunity to behave like a leader, no matter your circumstances. When you act like a leader, you gain the respect you need to propel your career. Here are seven ways to instantly gain CEO-level respect at work:

    1. Listen.

    Leaders listen. Listening allows for understanding. Author Stephen Covey said, “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” When people feel they have been heard and understood, they will respect you. Leadership is less about your voice and more about elevating the voice of others.

    2. Ask questions.

    Leaders ask questions to gather information. It is a sign of interest, not stupidity. Ask questions about projects people are working on and how their day is going. When you show interest in others, others will respect you.

    3. Look people in the eyes.

    When you are speaking or listening, look at the other person. Don’t look at your phone or let your eyes wander. Focus on the other person so they know your attention is on them. Make the person feel valued, and they will respect you.

    4. Speak one-on-one.

    In meetings, people may say, “let’s talk offline.” This means that they want to speak with you one-on-one and not in a group setting. Talk offline, a lot. Take advantage of the time before and after meetings to speak with individuals one-on-one. Give people the opportunity to voice their perspective, issues and concerns. They will appreciate it.

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