Felix – a new assistant department manager for a small firm – couldn’t figure out why the people beneath him never showed him respect. He considered himself to be relatively outspoken, he dressed the part, and he had 10 years of experience in the industry. Yet, whenever he gave instructions, he was met with lip service. His team wasn’t productive, and they would frequently go around him to discuss issues with his superior, the department manager Samantha.
One day, Samantha brought Felix into his office. She told him that he had the potential to become great in his position, but there are few things he needed to work on in order to inspire confidence in his team. Felix, who up until this point lacked self-awareness of how he was truly perceived, listened with mouth agape as Samantha listed off areas in which Felix could improve. Among many things, Felix needed to make himself more available to his team as they worked toward a goal. His habit of issuing orders and then becoming scarce left them high and dry whenever a problem arose.
Like Felix, many individuals lack the self-awareness to know when they’re presenting themselves as unprofessional. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to adjust that image, and gain respect from your team and superiors. Here’s ten to begin:
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What are some things you’ve seen in the workplace that strike you as unprofessional? What did you learn from them? What are some habits you embrace to garner the respect of your colleagues and superiors?
Bill Ringle is a CEO, former Apple exec, published author, and angel investor. Through Grow Business Now, he offers strategies and tools to elevate growth for executives and entrepreneurs from more than 46 industries. Bill has conducted nearly 200 podcast interviews on My Quest for the Best, where industry and business leaders share their secrets to success.