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How to Win your Employees’ Love and Respect

As a leader, having the respect of your employees is key to getting what you need from them. Respect from your staff can improve morale, engagement, and productivity–all of which will benefit your business.

So, how do you ensure that your employees have respect for you and actually want to work for you? This article will cover a few ways that you can ensure that your staff respects you. Take a look below to learn more now.

1. Be Proactive, Not Reactive 🏃

Proactivity as a leader means taking action before it is needed. This might mean implementing strategies or processes that benefit workers, like flexible working hours, childcare support, or mental well-being services. It could also mean streamlining operations so that staff can work as efficiently as possible.

Ways to be proactive as a leader include:

  • Set goals for your team and clearly communicate expectations 🥅
  • Anticipate challenges before they arise and build in contingencies
  • Encourage open communication between staff and yourself
  • Empower your team to make their own decisions regarding their time and projects
  • Stay flexible where possible 🤸
  • Evaluate and reflect on changes to ensure that they are working

Proactivity means taking the initiative for yourself and your employees. It demonstrates good leadership and can show workers that you’re taking actions that benefit them without needing to be told to do so!

2. Don't Micromanage 🧐


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Micromanagement is defined as excessive control, close supervision, and a high level of involvement in the day-to-day tasks and activities of employees. Managers who micromanage their employees closely scrutinize work and make frequent interventions and corrections.

Micromanaging your staff can have many negative consequences. It can lead to a lack of trust, with employees feeling like they don’t believe that they can perform their jobs independently. It will impact morale and productivity, with staff feeling disempowered and demotivated, and may even lead to an increased workload for yourself as you frequently intervene in work that should have been delegated to others.

If you have a tendency to micromanage, it is time to take a step back. You need to trust that your employees can do their jobs and only step in when entirely necessary. Let staff look for ways to overcome challenges first and provide insight when they need it.

3. Make Your Expectations Transparent 📄

Clear communication is necessary for an engaged and motivated workforce. Simply put, if your staff doesn’t know what you want from them, then they’re not going to be able to provide it. When setting out goals and expectations, make sure that all staff are aware of what you expect and what goals should be met.


4. Show Respect to All Employees 👊

If you want respect from your employees, then you need to show it to them, too. Showing respect includes actively listening to staff when they have problems or want to give you feedback. Listen to what they have to say and implement changes when you can.

You should show that you value contributions made by staff and be respectful when giving feedback. Always communicate openly and honestly with employees, too, and ensure that even when the company is going through challenging times, you respect employees enough to keep them updated.

Respect people’s time by offering flexible working hours when you can and empower them to take initiative in their own projects. Allow them to manage their time themselves but provide support and resources to ensure they still meet targets.

Recognize the individuality of each employee and understand their strengths and weaknesses. Give them opportunities to develop weaker areas and take initiative in their stronger ones.

When conflicts arise, ensure you handle them with respect and humility. Listen to issues and try to understand them before resolving them.

5. Get to Know Your Team 🧑‍🤝‍🧑

One of the best ways to show respect to your staff is actually to get to know them. You could plan social events where staff may relax and socialize in a more casual setting or take the time in 1-2-1s to get to know each employee individually.

If you, as their leader, know them as a person and not just a cog in a wider machine, your staff are more likely to feel motivated and happy at work. It will also give you the chance to tailor opportunities to their future plans and areas they want to improve.

6. Provide Opportunities for Growth 💪


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Offering opportunities for growth among your staff will help them feel more engaged, more motivated, and have more respect for you. On top of this, having staff who are actively upskilling means that your workforce will be ahead in terms of new processes, new thought leadership, and training in general.

It can put your business ahead in the industry and means that when it comes time to promote people, you can take on people from within your company who already have the skills rather than looking for talent outside.

Employees thrive when they’re given the chance to grow and learn. It shows them that you’re actively invested in their careers and gives them a chance to work their way through different employment levels with you. It will also boost respect and loyalty.


Having employees love and respect you will benefit the company as a whole. Employees will want to come to work, will be motivated when there, and will be less likely to leave. Giving employees the opportunity to take initiative, grow in their careers, and give open feedback where possible can all empower employees and help you earn their respect.

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