While the position a leader is in often comes with built-in respect, it can’t and won’t sustain respect for an extended period. Respect is earned, and it’s earned through a lot of hard work and correct decision making. As Paulo Coelho said, “Respect is for those who deserve it, not for those who demand it.”
But tough times come upon us for a reason. They come to teach, instruct, and to make us better. This doesn’t mean tough times are easy or aren’t without real struggle, pain, and even suffering. But it doesn’t have to end there.