Friday, January 13, 2006

Forced respect builds resentment

Those who insist on the dignity of their office show they have not deserved it.
- Baltasar Gracian, philosopher and writer (1601-1658)

There are two kinds of respect: that which is earned and that which is imposed.

The kind of respect that is imposed on others by virtue of force or position grows resentment among those who must adhere to a special kind of treatment for another who believes himself to be superior.

A leader can be effective by earning respect from those he leads, treating them as equals, at least so far as each situation allows.

Those who would earn the respect of others must first show their respect for the others.

Respect must work two ways in order to be earned.

Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' striving to show people how to earn respect by giving it.
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