For some, gaining the respect of others is a top priority. One of the best ways to get respect in the work place is to be a high performer. This happens when others acknowledge and recognize your positive contributions and efforts. This will be true of not only those inside your organization, but also those outside your organization, assuming you’ve put in effort to build your network .
How much respect do you have for low performers? Not much, I’m sure. Why is that? Take for example Bob. Bob leaves important facts out of his weekly status reports to his boss. He falls asleep in any meeting longer than fifteen minutes, and he hasn’t been on time to work since Christmas. You don’t work directly with Bob, but you know these things about him because his reputation is built on these markers of low performance. This is not the kind of attention you want. Bob is not respected by his peers or management. Bob will not be entrusted with important tasks or projects, and it is unlikely he will ever be promoted, horizontally or vertically.
It is those individuals within your organization who give stellar presentations, communicate effectively with peers and management, and produce quality deliverables by a given deadline (to name just a few examples) who continually receive positive attention for their work. As a result, they have others vying for their advice and opinions. Other people want to work with and for them. That is the kind of employee who catches attention and gains respect.
Internally, as respect for you increases, so will an important factor in effective leadership: the trust of others. As both peers and management trust you more, you will most likely be given the chance to lead and/or manage others.
In addition, the respect that high performers build outside of their organization can lead to a vast list of other opportunities. Some examples are external job offers that result in salary increases or promotion, speaking engagements, networking events, and workshops.
Increased respect is yet another great benefit for the high performer.