There is something that will make a huge impact on your tech leadership success. It takes inner strength, but it will not cost you time. It will not cost you money. Do you know what it is?
Enormous strife had developed between the two founding partners of a technology company. They had launched the business together and now one partner wanted to sell because he decided the other partner didn’t respect him.
It was almost like a divorce. He became so stuck about the dis-respect, he couldn’t do business with the other any longer. Their common goal had disappeared.
An arbitrator called the two partners together andasked one, “Why do you care if he respects you?”
The partner replied, “He doesn’t show up at my presentations. I’m sales. He’s technical. Without him, it’s hard to close the sales.”
There was silence in the room. Finally, the other partner spoke: “I don’t respect him because he doesn’t close the sales.”
Respect can be more important than money as a motivator. It can be more important than a title. In “The Old Man and the Sea” Ernest Hemingway said that respect is more important than life.
Coming soon: My LinkedIn Event “How to Earn the Respect of Your Team.”
What do you think is the quickest way to gain respect from others?