full respect living

June 26, 2024

full respect living

today, we’re elevating a guiding principle of relational leadership: mutual respect.

as discussed in previous posts, to think relationally is to think ecologically.

relational leaders not only attend to specific relationship dynamics but also take ownership for the relational substrate.

in biology, a substrate is a substance on or in which plants grow.

the main functions of a substate are generally providing the plant anchorage, and delivering water, nutrients and oxygen to the roots.

when applied to relationships, mutual respect serves as a necessary substrate for healthy growth and development.

same as you

in a world where differences abound, and individualism is celebrated, cultivating mutual respect can easily be overlooked.

mutual respect is remembering we are all fundamentally the same.

we are all human beings with flaws and aspirations.

mutual respect is about recognizing the inherent worth and dignity of every person and treating them with kindness, consideration, and empathy.

it’s is about embracing diversity and honoring each other’s perspectives, even when they differ from our own.

ALERT: your relationships – like a house built on sand – will fail if they are not built on mutual respect.

creating conditions for healthy relationships

here’s how you can develop mutual respect in relationships:

  1. listen actively: truly listen to others with an open mind and heart, without interrupting or judgment.
  2. empathize: put yourself in the shoes of others and try to understand their point of view.
  3. communicate respectfully: speak with kindness and tact, avoiding sarcasm, belittling, or dismissive language.
  4. value diversity: celebrate unique perspectives that each person brings to the table, rather than viewing them as barriers.
  5. acknowledge boundaries: be mindful of other people’s comfort levels and avoid actions or behaviors that may cause discomfort or harm.
  6. show appreciation: express gratitude and appreciation for the contributions of others. acknowledge their efforts, talents, and achievements, no matter how big or small.
  7. resolve conflicts peacefully: when conflicts arise, focus on finding mutually beneficial solutions rather than engaging in blame or hostility.


reflect on which of the above items you do well? and which item represents the biggest opportunity for growth?

then, this week, choose one area to focus your effort and notice the impact it has on your relationships.

by practicing mutual respect in your interactions, you are upholding a guiding principle of relational leadership.

you are taking ownership for your relational biosphere by creating environments where everyone feels valued, heard, and empowered.

which means you win.

stay the course,


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