Leadership and Management

Team Respect 101: How Little Things Can Make a Huge Difference

Sometimes it just take one little action to make everything better.

It can be easy for leaders to get caught up in big goals and overlook the small details that keep everything running smoothly. Leaders focused on big-picture success might miss important things like recognizing team members’ efforts or fixing minor issues.

If you ever notice and encounter situations where your team members start to ignore your messages, show minimal effort in doing their tasks, or talk behind your back, it can be a sign of disrespect.

So, what actually went wrong? You have tried your best as a leader, but here is what you could maybe pay some attention to:

Don’t hide your main motives

Be transparent and let them know what your main objectives are. Every task can be seen as important, especially if we do not know the in-depth details of the task. However, with more clarity, they are able to re-prioritize their workflow. Not only that, they will gain understanding and contribute to achieving them. That will always be the key to avoiding confusion and misunderstandings for the other party.

Build relationships, but maintain boundaries

Leaders form a good relationship with their team with the purpose of fostering collaboration, trust, and mutual respect. However, there are lines that both parties cannot cross, and we all know that we should never get too personal. It could do more harm than good. When the lines are blurry, it can be easy to get hurt by other parties and also cross lines, especially when there is no respect. When one wants to gain respect, one should do things that do not compromise that action.

Know what is already on their plate

As a leader, you have your own task and goals to chase. Similar to your team, they are also doing their main tasks and would like a heads-up so that they can manage their tasks effectively. In other words, leaders should be able to respect their time and be mindful of their schedules. With this little action, they will notice that you care about their time and workflow. A mindful leader inherently knows that when this workflow is disrupted, it can impact other aspects of the organization.

Provide a safe space

What the team needs is a space for them to express their concerns and challenges that they face so that they will not be struggling alone. When leaders create an environment where team members feel comfortable expressing their opinions, sharing their concerns, they can contribute ideas without fear of being judged. Not only do leaders create the space for expressing themselves, but considering each of their viewpoints will make them feel respected. Leader who genuinely values and prioritizes their well-being and professional growth are often looked up to by the people around them, not only the team members.

Don’t leave anyone out

35% employees from ethnic minorities feel excluded by their current employer, according to The 2024 Kelly Global Re:Work Report. Leaders who make their team feel seen and heard are more respected, no matter their backgrounds or races. Simple actions such as actively listening to everyone’s ideas, acknowledging their contributions, and creating an inclusive environment can make a significant difference. These behaviors set a strong example, showing that the leader prioritizes everyone and encouraging team members to do the same.


While these small actions and details might seem unimportant compared to larger goals, ignoring them can lead to problems that hurt morale and productivity. Leaders could put these small actions into practice for a more cohesive and harmonious relationship among the team members.

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