1. Speak softly. People are more prone to listening.
2. Smile in times of triumph. People follow those who have the strength for failure.
3. Do more when less is expected of you. Your promotion does not mean you give up; and if you do, throw respect for yourself out the window.
4. Work with your team members, not above them. Leading by example enables trust.
5. Take care of yourself. Mentally, emotionally and physically. A strong inner and outer appearance enables self worth and your confidence can rub off on others.
6. Take time to ask, “How are you?” and mean it. Respect oozes from those who care about others and not just about themselves.
7. Give credit where credit is due. People don’t like to be a workhorse and appreciation goes a long way.
8. Set your boundaries. Nobody respects someone who is easily pushed over and taken advantage of. Know your limits and be honest about what you can and cannot accomplish.
9. Don’t give in to the office gossip. It is so easy to get mixed up in the drama. Lend an ear and nothing more.
10. Practice patience. There will be days when you want to scream, throw things and just freak out when things just don’t work out. There’s always another answer and people flock to those with more than one solution.