This is the fifth of a six-part series that examines and explores how we might be able to use our personal and professional values the shape the future. In today’s blog we will explore RESPECT.
Please share what are your perspectives on fairness. How do you apply it to lead and create the future.
The PMI Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct describes respect as follows:
“Respect is our duty to show a high regard for ourselves, others, and the resources entrusted to us. Resources entrusted to us may include people, money, reputation, the safety of others and natural or environmental resources”
Respect means accepting ourselves for who we are.
Our relationship with ourselves sets the tone for all other relationship we have with other people, compliance, regulatory, legal, environmental and shareholder implications.
Respectful leadership means treating everyone, regardless of rank, status or position – with the same genuine regard and consideration, you would like them to give you.
Respect creates a culture of trust and openness. It encourages people to speak their minds and share hard truths in ways that are maintains the dignity and honor. We cultivate respect in the culture by expressing a genuine interest in others, providing recognition and positive feedback, noticing when people do great things, being open and transparent about what is going on, taking others concerns seriously, and ensuring that when people feel wronged, that action is taken to remedy the concerns.
How respectful are you?
- How do you listen fully, without assuming you already knew what others are saying?
- How do you avoid telling someone what they want to hear so they will like you?
- How do you ensure every decision involves or takes into consideration the people it will affect?
- How do you listen openly to people who disagree with you to see what they can teach you?
- How do you respond to people who speak badly to you about other people behind their back?
- How do you ensure financial prudence and removal of non-value-add costs and activities?
- How do you take the effects on local communities and the environment into consideration?
When people say values cannot be measured, they have not been asked these hard questions.
The future is wide open, waiting for us to create it. How do you want to create it?
How are you going to use RESPECT to create the future of your family, your work and your relationship with yourself?
There are many things that we cannot choose in life, but our most important choices of all, who we are, how we show up, what we stand for and how we create the future through our values – these choices are in our complete control.
Please share in your comments your thoughts on the importance of values, so we can all learn from each other.
How are you going to use RESPECT to create the future through the chaos and turbulence of your new realities?