When Art Rooney Sr. was the owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers he demonstrated a lifelong caring interest in his neighborhood as well as his organization. He knew the names of the star players as well as the cleaning staff, and made it clear they were all important to the success of the team. He demonstrated an authentic and sincere respect for all those whom his life touched and who touched his life.
One year, when the sanitation workers were on strike in Pittsburgh, trash was piling up everywhere around the city except in front of Art Rooney’s home. As it turns out, some of the workers were picking it up on their own, because he had shown them so much respect.
Don’t confuse fear with respect. You cannot make someone respect you. True respect starts with the way you treat others, and it is earned over a lifetime of acting with kindness, honor, and dignity.