Webster defines respects as "to feel or show honor or esteem for; hold in high regard."
Today I learned a lesson in what I already know and should never have to be reminded about. Respect. Respect can be in various forms. It can be knowledge, self awareness, trust, character, honesty, understanding, and a positive attitude. But respect also has to be earned. If you cant respect yourself then you wont be able to respect others. To gain respect you have to treat others the way you would want to be treated. Without respect you cant have team work and care for other peoples well being. To be respected as a leader you also have to respect your followers. You also have to motivate and encourage them. Show them that as a leader that you care for them as a person. Everyone shows respect in different ways. In the military respect is a major part of our everyday lives. It is one of the Army Values. It is important to maintain Military bearing on and off duty in order to create a sense of respect among civilians and fellow soldiers about the military in general. Any disrespect I may show towards my leaders, from my team leader all the way up to the President of the United States, can have a negative effect on the Morale and Welfare of those around me, whether junior or senior. If I am not conducting myself properly and a soldier who is junior to me sees my behavior, he or she may believe that I am right because I outrank them. Then this soldier may continue this behavior thinking it is correct. Now because this behavior has been passed on, the leaders will have a harder time dealing with their soldiers. That kind of chaos in the military can ultimately lead to death.