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Earn that respect

People say:

He has to earn the right to lead

Or:

Respect is earned, it’s not a right

Perhaps they refer to a political leader, a police officer, the boss in the workplace, a parent. It’s an eco-friendly idea because it’s frequently recycled.┬áThis is what I think they mean.

  • No one in leadership has inherent authority to tell me what to do
  • I have inherent power to tell leaders what to do
  • No position includes the automatic right to respect
  • Those who fill roles and positions must respect my will and opinion

In other words: ‘There’s no such thing as power, except when it’s in my hands.’