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7 Ways to Maintain Respect as a Leader

As a leader, one of your most valuable assets is the respect of the people you are leading.  If a leader is respected, people will follow him or her almost anywhere.  If a leader loses the respect from the ones he or she leads, it becomes very difficult to regain that respect.

Often a new leader is given respect because of his or her position as a leader, but respect can be quickly lost due to performance.  Many times, it’s the seemingly small things that cause the most damage to a leader’s reputation.

I have found that a few simple (some not so simple) acts help protect the respect a leader enjoys:

  • Return phone calls and e-mails promptly…
  • Do what you say you will do…
  • Act with integrity…
  • Use fairness in your approach…not too harsh…not too soft…
  • Show others respect…
  • Learn continually and encourage growth in yourself and others…
  • Work as hard or harder than others…

Maintaining respect is a matter of acting in a respectable way.  How are you doing in that area?  (You may want to ask the ones you are supposed to be leading…Read how I do that each year HERE.)

What would you add to my list?

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Ron Edmondson is a pastor and church leader passionate about planting churches, helping established churches thrive, and assisting pastors and those in ministry think through leadership, strategy and life. Ron has over 20 years business experience, mostly as a self-employed business owner, and he's been helping churches grow vocationally for over 10 years.