You know they don’t respect you.
Maybe they parked in your parking spot. You know, the parking spot that’s not marked just for you, but that everyone should know not to park in because it’s just for you. Maybe they lumped you in with other, lesser humans on the “To” line in an email when you deserved your own special “To” line on that email, given your preeminence among them.
I’m just kidding. I know you’re not that idiotic. It would take a pretty ridiculous human to get worked up about stuff like that. But there are times when you just kind of get the feeling that someone might not like or respect you for one reason or another.
And look, that’s going to happen, right? None of us is naive enough to think that everyone is going to love everyone all the time. But as leaders, what do we do when we get that feeling? How should we respond when we get the sense something is off between us and someone on our team?
Here are some thoughts.
When You Think a Teammate Doesn’t Respect You…
1. Demand their respect. Respect doesn’t work that way.
[bctt tweet=”Don’t demand respect. Respect doesn’t work that way. #leadership #companyculture”]
2. Talk about them to others on the team. That will have the opposite effect of what you’re hoping.
3. Treat them poorly because your feelings are hurt. Again, that will have the opposite effect.
[bctt tweet=”Don’t treat people poorly just b/c your feelings are hurt. #leadership #companyculture”]
4. Engage in passive-agressive behavior. Like the rest of these, it will have the opposite effect; and like the rest of these, it’s childish.
1. Realize you might be wrong. Remind yourself that until you speak with them about it and they confirm it, what you’re wrestling with is your perception of how they feel.
2. Ask yourself if what you want is really respect, or if it’s something more along the lines of feeding your ego.
3. Ask yourself if your desire for respect is in any way rooted in what’s actually a desire for power. The two are actually quite different at their roots.
4. Ask yourself how vulnerable and humble you’ve been.
[bctt tweet=”It’s always good to ask yourself how #vulnerable you’ve been w/ your team lately. #leadership”]
5. Demonstrate vulnerability and speak with your teammate about what you’re thinking and feeling. On teams that are vulnerable and trusting, this conversation should be totally within acceptable team norms.
Those are just a few thoughts. Got any to add? Enter them in the comments below!