Do you agree respect is a wonderful thing that we can give and receive every day because it makes the world a better place for everyone? And do you feel that some people tend to buy or demand respect when it should be something that they earn and offer? If these questions surround you, then you must explore what this article has to offer you.


Respect is a two-way street. It means that you value yourself and others and that you treat everyone with kindness and dignity. This expresses the belief that people are deserving of respect because of their self-worth.  Hence, respect is a way of showing that you care and appreciate the diversity and uniqueness of every person.  Respect is also the foundation of any healthy and happy relationship, whether it is with your family, friends, colleagues, or strangers. This is why it is often used to assess the quality of relationships in personal and professional lives. Consequently, people’s perceptions of how others treat them can be a valuable source of information about how much respect those people have for them.  

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Nicholas Clarke is Professor of Organisational Behaviour & HRM and Deputy Dean at Kent Business School, UK. He has previously held chairs in OB at Loughborough University, EADA Business School in Barcelona and the University of Southampton (UoS) Business School.  His research interests include advancing our understanding of how the quality of work relationships (manager-subordinate, team, organisation) influence learning and behaviour in organisations.

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Dr. Nomahaza Mahadi is an Associate Professor at Azman Hashim International Business School, UTM Kuala Lumpur.  She has received her PhD degree from the University of Southampton, UK.  She has more than 10 years of experience in the area of emotional intelligence, personality, leadership & work attitudes.  Find more about Dr. Nomahaza, from

Respect has piqued everybody’s interest for a long time including academia.  Research indicates that mutual recognition respect has been the main choice in understanding the quality of relationships. What is mutual recognition respect? It is the idea that we should respect each other as human beings, regardless of our differences and acknowledge and appreciate the value and dignity of every person. Mutual recognition respect is important because it helps us to build trust, cooperation, and harmony in our relationships. It also helps us to grow as individuals, by learning from others and expanding our perspectives.

Mutual recognition respect research has also gained traction in learning the leader–follower relationships. What does that mean? Well, it means that both parties acknowledge each other’s strengths and weaknesses, and value each other’s contributions and opinions. It also means that they communicate openly and honestly, and support each other’s growth and development. Why is this important? Because mutual recognition respect can foster a positive and productive work environment, where everyone feels motivated, engaged, and appreciated. It can also prevent conflicts, misunderstandings, and resentment, which can harm the team’s performance and morale.

Remember, we are all human beings who deserve respect and dignity.  Make respect a priority in your relationship and see the difference it makes! The question here is how can we practice mutual recognition respect in our daily lives?

This article ( will provide you with the answers.  Enjoy the reading!

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