7 Ways to Earn Respect as a New Leader

Guest post from Peter Economy:
Are
you newly promoted? A recent leadership hire? Slowly advancing in your company
or organization?
When
youre the new leader on the block,
earning respect from peers and employees who dont
even know you can certainly be a struggle. A higher leadership status wont automatically give you the authority or trust with
your people that you need to get things done. You’ll have to earn that authority
and trust to become an effective and successful leader or boss.
New
leaders are stepping up every day. If youre one of
them, here are 7 ways that will bring you a level of respect that is meaningful
and well-deserved.
1. Have an open door. Let your colleagues and employees know you are always
available for them. The last thing you want is for the people you are leading
to think you are unapproachable and unavailable, so let them know their wants,
needs, and feedback are valued and a priority for you. If you are out of the
office a lot, be sure to provide your people easy ways to contact you by phone,
email, text messages, or other forms of communication.
2. Appreciate effort. It is surely demotivating for employees when their hard work
doesn’t seem to be
appreciated by the organizations that employ them, or the men and women who
lead them. Let workers know that you have noticed their effort, and even make a
point of rewarding it when appropriate.
3. Care about employee well-being. Respect is easily earned when you show how much you care
about the well-being and success of your peers and employees, both collectively
and individually. Listen to what your team is saying whenever they discuss work
or personal matters.
4. Be personable. Not everyone has to be your best friend, but a respectable
leader is often a personable one. A focus of yours as a new leader should be to
strengthen your relationships with those around you. Be aware of your own
behavior and the way you come across to others. Be helpful, welcoming, and
pleasant. Keep
your relationships positive and amicable and success will surely follow.
5. Provide a real sense of autonomy. If you’re a boss who micromanages, the people who work for
you will invariably become frustrated because you’re sending a loud-and-clear
message that you don’t trust their ability to do the work. Trust the people you’re leading to make the
right moves and do their work well and empower them when possible.
6. Be consistent. Follow through with what you say you’re going to do. Be on
time to meetings so your employees aren’t twiddling their thumbs, waiting for
you do show. Stick to deadlines. Don’t tell others to do one thing and then you do another.
People will respect you more if they know you don’t offer only empty promises!
7. Be patient. New leaders require a great amount of patience—both with
their teams and with themselves. Learning effective management will not happen
overnight; it takes time (and, sometimes, mistakes) for you to learn the ropes
and for others to acclimate to a new leader. Don’t worry—stick with it and
you’ll get there.
Peter
Economy 
is the bestselling author of Managing for Dummies (more
than 600,000 copies sold globally) and is The Leadership Guy at INC.COM who averages more than
500,000 page views a month for his more than 1,500 columns published to date.
He routinely works with C-level executives, executive coaches, and business
consultants worldwide. His new book is called Wait,
I’m the Boss?!?