We hear the word ‘Respect,’ a lot when we’re talking to people about work. We find that everyone uses that word a little differently. It’s easy to conflate several different concepts into a single word. Depending on your generation, your workplace, and the context of your current situation, we find that when we say ‘Respect,’ we mean one of three things – Decency, Authority, or Deference.
This week, we talk about what we really mean when we say the word Respect, and when and to whom we owe each.
We talk about:
- Respect – the decency that we owe to each other as humans
- Authority – ceding the ability to direct our actions
- Deference – giving someone the ability to affect your thoughts / beliefs
- Transferring authority to others
- Using persuasion in the absence of Authority
- Wonder Woman and DISC