Respect in the workplace

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There is a myth floating around some leadership circles. The myth sounds something like this: “Once you’re elevated to a position of leadership, you no longer have anything to do with ‘small’ tasks.” Menial tasks are seen as “below” your new paygrade. It’s just not true. Young leaders can fall into the trap of “disrespect for others.”

Respect is a simple concept that goes a long way. It can be the difference between long-lasting commitment or complete disengagement. Perhaps you’ve heard of Mike Rowe. He hosted the television series, Dirty Jobs, where he performs difficult and sometimes disgusting job duties. Here’s an interesting reveal. “It is frequently revealed that the president of the company originally started at the bottom of the food chain.” Rowe said, “Work ethic is important because, unlike intelligence, athleticism, charisma, or any other natural attribute, it’s a choice.” Great leaders choose respect. Without it, you will have difficulty succeeding at any level. Moreover, you might start treating employees poorly. Two verses to consider:

Romans 12:10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor;

1 Corinthians 15:58  Therefore, my beloved, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord because you know that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

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