The Scenario: You’ve just been appointed the leader of a long-term project within your company. You’re feeling optimistic about the opportunity, but a little anxious about the general response from your team, and how that response might affect overall success. In the words of Aretha Franklin, “R-E-S-P-E-C-T – find out what it means to me.”
How do you encourage others to follow your lead?
You must have respect, respect, and respect.
1. Respect for the leader:
- The universal principle of trust suggests that if you are trustworthy, others will respect you and confide in you. They will likely seek direction from you and follow your advice.
2. Respect for the cause:
- Logically, if your cause is rational, worthwhile, and tends toward success, others will likely support it.
3. Respect for the vision:
- If the vision of the bigger picture is clear, aligned with personal professional goals of the team, and feedback is provided through the journey, people tend to be motivated by the vision and work to accomplish the objectives.
The Insight: In order to cultivate active and willing followers, you must give them a reason to follow. Keep in mind the importance of credibility when establishing trust in a relationship. People are more likely to work with you when working toward a common goal.
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