Respect is defined as “A feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements.”

Collaboration benefits from you respecting people in the group. This includes appreciating their abilities, preferences for how things are done, and how they like to be treated.

We have respect for someone when they are skilled in specific ways relevant to the collaboration. Also, when we have learnt enough about them to understand their behaviour. In short, trusting that the person as both useful and predictable.

We lack respect for someone when we don’t know what their skills are (or they seem to have few), or when their behaviour and opinions confuse us. In short, when the person seems incompetent, and their actions are unpredictable. We mistrust them.

Respect extends to whether we respect, and adhere to the group’s culturenorms and rules.

Key phrase: Your appreciation of the abilities and behaviour of others.