JERRY TARDIEU: A ROLE MODEL FOR THE YOUTH IN HAITI
Some say that leaders must be equally diligent to earn respect from their colleagues. Being the leader doesn’t necessarily mean that you have earned respect. Too many times leaders take their titles and authority for granted. Some leaders believe that they are owed and/or command some level of (unearned) respect just because of where they are positioned on the organizational chart and the community they represent.
In today’s workplace, our musician president is definitely a role model for anyone. On the other hand, a glance at the personality and character of a person like Jerry Tardieu immediately reflects what a leader should be like. Jerry Tardieu has earned everything in his life. He has learnt the meaning of hard work, being responsible and humble at the same time. Throughout his career, he has tried to have a positive influence on the youth, the community and all organizations that he has participated in.
Jerry has engaged in hard work by rolling-up his sleeves and getting his hands dirty, rather than expecting others to always work for him. Jerry has become more mindful of how he is leading others and how they are being perceived as they sit in the office corner.
I’ve never been impressed by titles, though I have always been respectful of one’s position of authority and responsibility. This doesn’t mean that I necessarily respect “the person” behind the title. Respect, trust and loyalty are earned over time. Ultimately, it has been the quality, consistency and presence of one’s character that I have always paid most attention to. In other words, does the leader talk a good game or do they have the ability to put their words into action that impact others in a positive way? Do they play the part or do they define the part they play as a leader for the betterment of a healthier society and the organization they serve?
When you think of great leaders who are honored and respected, they weren’t always necessarily well-liked. But they were respected for how they led and made those around them better. Over time this has earned them respect and defined their legacy in a positive manner and secured their place in history (e.g. Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton in politics; Steve Jobs and Jack Welch in business).
Today’s uncertain workplace requires leaders to pay close attention to others. Leaders must be active and attentive listeners, practice patience, appreciate the unique talents and capabilities of their colleagues, and be noticeably grateful for the effort and performance of their teams. People are carefully observing their leaders, looking for reasons not to trust them (because they have been burned so many times in the past), but ultimately wanting their leaders to be worthy of their respect and loyalty. Unfortunately, leaders often make this task difficult as many of them are not naturally wired to lead, or emotionally intelligent enough to be aware of the consequences of their insensitive leadership style and demeanor.
To help you achieve sustainable success as a leader who puts people first, here are five ways to earn respect from your employees.
Do not be judgmental
Select your words with thought
Be kind and courteous
Remember, leadership is a temporary event (Which may come with or without qualifications) but character is a lifetime achievement, which comes through hard work, honesty, trust and charity.