A recent experience I had
at a local restaurant, led me to think broadly on the importance of respecting
the people who report to us. You see, the restaurant hired a new manager, who
in my view was extremely disrespectful to his staff. And, at the time of one of
my visits, his behavior also filtered over to me and my guests. ⠀
As a self-identified ambivert who leans heavily on introverted behavioral patterns, this experience weighed heavily on my psyche, based on whether I should write to the restaurant’s HQ. My everyday work validated why I should, and I did! Through an implemented leadership training program, I’m happy to say that the restaurant is pleasant to visit once again 😊⠀
Yet, respect comes in all forms. As leaders, we must regard the personal spaces of our staff, even though we may own the very buildings that they report to, each day. Respect may also look like our speech. Speech, that may bring back memories of our parents saying “Who you think you’re talking to like that. You keep that up, I’ll wash your mouth with soap.” Those of you who may have been told this, are probably cringing at this moment, right? Folks, if mama, thought that it was wrong, perhaps it should not be said. In addition, respect also stems from what we wear. This is specifically for women leaders who try to keep up with the trends of today. No, No, NO…don’t do that! Always, be professional and modest in your appearance to set the example to your staff.
“For everything there’s a season…” – Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. We all know this verse. Use it, Remember it!
There’s so much more I can touch on right now, but it’ll have to wait.
In these modern-day times the need to push for success and recognition is fierce. Nonetheless, as leaders we must be reverential and honorable in our approaches toward staff, and others, alike. ⠀
“Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”⠀- Proverbs 16:24 ⠀
Honey, NOT vinegar, leader fam!
Let’s do this! ⠀
Make it a great Day!
Rev. M. Charlotte Oliver