ND Today: Respect vs. Trust

blog fearless feminine leadership mandy b. anderson media ndt women in leadership Aug 04, 2022

A popular leadership saying is, "Respect is earned." But is it really? In order to fully understand the difference between RESPECT and TRUST, we must have a short lesson on the definition of both of these words.

One definition of respect = "esteem for or a sense of the worth or excellence of a person, a personal quality, or ability. Example: I have great respect for her judgement."

Another definition of the word RESPECT is "to show regard or consideration for. Example: to respect someone's rights."

Saying that "respect is earned" actually dehumanizes people - it infers that someone is not worthy of respect until they have proven themselves when in reality every single person is worthy of respect regardless of title, gender, race, etc.

When people say respect is earned, they are using respect as a synonym of the word Trust. It's not!

Synonyms of the word "RESPECT" include: Appreciation, Awe, Consideration, Dignity, Esteem, Honor, Regard... The list goes on but TRUST is not on the list.

The main definition of TRUST is "reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety of a person or thing; confidence." By that definition, we see that trust and respect are not the same thing.

In order for women to be Fearless Feminine Leaders, they must learn how to give respect to everyone - including themselves - WHILE they build trust with them.

Trust takes time.
Respecting others for who they are as human beings should be freely given.

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